Charity in Hastings since the 13th century

Magdalen & Lasher Educational Foundation

The Magdalen and Lasher Educational Foundation was established in 1906 as an adjunct to the already established “Magdalen and Lasher Charity”.

The aim of the Foundation is to support educational institutions and individuals in Hastings.

School Grants

At present the Magdalen and Lasher Educational Foundation annually invites all state schools in Hastings to make applications for major (£3,000+) or minor (up to £3,000) grants towards the cost of undertaking projects and activities for the educational benefit of students for which funding would not otherwise be available. Last year (2015-16) Trustees awarded Major grants (in excess of £3,000 each) amounting to £71,791 and Minor grants (of under £3,000 each) totalling £18,648. The scheme is now in its eighth year, and so far this year (2016-17) the Trustees have awarded Major Grants totalling £68,315 and Minor Grants worth £16,664.


The Foundation awards bursaries of up to £1,000 each to students who have undergraduate places at universities. Applications are invited through the local 6th Form Colleges (Parkwood and Bexhill College) as well as from individuals who are resident in the Borough or attended schools in the Borough.

Applications should:

  • be received by the end of May for the year in which the course will commence.
  • be supported by a reference from 6th form tutor or a UCAS reference.

Bursaries are normally paid in three instalments: £500 in year one, £300 in year two and £200 in year three. Other payment configurations may be made in respect of courses extending over periods other than three years, or where the student continues to live at home.

Trustees may also consider applications from students embarking on post-graduate or further first degree courses.

Individual Grants

The Foundation may award grants to assist with courses at further education colleges.

Any such application should:

  • be made at least one month prior to the commencement of the course
  • wherever possible be supported by a reference from a sponsor or tutor
  • include full details of the course fee with a letter of acceptance on to the course where applicable
  • include details of why the applicant is taking the course and their plans on completion.
  • the majority of individual grants are awarded between May and September.
  • applications received after that may have to be refused if the budget has been spent.

If you would like to apply for an Individual Grant, please download both of the forms listed below, complete them and return them to the address stated together with all relevant accompanying papers.

Instructions for Completing Application Form

Education Grant Application Form
Financial Details Form

Grants to organisations other than schools
The Foundation may award minor grants for other educational projects in the Borough. Applicants should include an outline budget and detail the expected project outcomes.

The Batley Hibbert Fund

In 2010 two residents of Hastings, Miss Norma Batley and Mr Derek Hibbert, independently made substantial bequests to the Magdalen and Lasher educational Foundation to support musical education in Hastings. Through their generosity the Trustees are able to make grants (currently totalling about £13,000 per annum) to individuals and associations in Hastings to further the practice and development of music. The Trustees have taken a broad interpretation as to what qualifies as “musical”.


The Trustees have an annual budget for all grants based on the income from the Charity’s investments. This limits the amount of grants that can be awarded in any one year. Against that background each application is viewed on its individual merits.

Finance details will be requested for all individual applications. Grants and bursaries are usually only awarded to students from families earning below the average UK household income (currently just under £25,000). Qualification for free school meals would normally be accepted as evidence of meeting the financial criterion.