Trust cash up for grabs to fund rights initiatives

A TRUST fund is offering to fund legal projects which boost public knowledge and understanding of the law as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

The Hamlyn Trust has invited groups to apply for donations from its coffers, although it will not reveal the total amount of money it is prepared to donate. However, it says it is prepared to donate up to £12,000 to each successful applicant.

Applications for funds are expected from law schools, firms and advice agencies, and can be used to top up funds for ongoing projects or to help put new ideas into practice.

Professor Desmond Greer, chair of the Hamlyn Trustees, said conferences or campaigns designed to make the public more aware of their consumer or social security rights were examples of projects likely to receive funding.

Previous beneficiaries of the trust's funds include the Law Centre for Northern Ireland and a project in England which studied employment rights.

The closing date for applications is 31 December 1996.