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The Inn’s Charities

There are three charities that are closely connected to the Inn. Two relate to the educational aspect of the Inn and the other to the historic buildings.

Educational Charities

Both the Educational Awards Fund (charity number 1102415) and the Denning Fund (charity number 1102414) have charitable objectives linked to the advancement of the education of the students and pupil barristers of Lincoln’s Inn in the field of law.

Both charities support the overall provision of scholarships provided by the Inn by contributing on average 4% of the capital value of their Funds.

Donations to these funds have supported and continue to support young men and women studying for and starting to practise in legal professions and vocations needing financial support from sources other than public funds and family money.

Accordingly, awards are made to candidates of merit to assist them with their funding throughout the common professional examination, bar vocational course, and pupillage years because it is the Inn’s view that these are the years when students need the most financial support.

In making a grant the Denning Fund & Educational Award Fund Trustees expect the responsible Committee to supervise the spending of the monies granted. The Trustees are not themselves in a position to do so. Expenditure by Lincoln’s Inn is controlled and managed by its various officers and monitored by the Scholarships and Finance & General Purposes Committees. Lincoln’s Inn pays the individual in question on approval from the relevant Committees and on production of properly approved applications for scholarships payments. Once a payment has been made by the Inn, the Inn requests part or all of the promised contribution from the fund. The value of contributions is never more than the total value of scholarships; Lincoln’s Inn makes up any shortfall.

Heritage Fund

Charity Number: 293662

The Heritage Fund, which was set up over twenty five years ago, with the charitable objective to use the whole or any part of its funds towards the maintenance, improvement, repair, embellishment, upkeep, or preservation of the Heritage Property or part thereof of the Inn. The Heritage properties are identified in the Trust Deed as the Chapel, Old Hall, and Library. More information on the history of these buildings can be found on the Buildings page .

Donations from the fund have supported the refurbishment work to the stained glass windows in the Chapel, repairs to the Library portico roof, and more recently significant expenditure on the Chapel organ.

The Trustees do not actively fundraise, but are especially grateful to the generosity of our benchers and members who have regularly donated over the years. The future of these wonderful historic buildings and the constant use of them by future generations should be a matter of concern for all members of the Inn.

Donating to one or more of these Charities

It is hoped that members and friends of the Inn, knowing of the importance of these Charities and the impact they have, will wish to make contributions to them. Please use the relevant donation form downloadable from this page to do so. Attention is drawn to the need for UK taxpayers to sign the Gift Aid declaration at the bottom, so that this important benefit can be claimed. Your home address is also required, so please enter this in the section provided.

Any of these three charities will benefit considerably from legacies, so please think about this if you are making or remaking your Will. All legacies, whatever their size, are much appreciated.