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The Lord Mayor’s 800th Anniversary Awards Trust was founded in 1989 with the object of helping young people to undertake projects designed to broaden their experience, develop their self confidence and improve their career chances. An additional aim is to give beneficiaries an insight and interest in the work of the Lord Mayor and Corporation of the City of London.


Grants are made twice a year to young people aged between 17 and 24, taking part in projects, examples of which are listed below. Priority for granting awards is given to those applicants with a close connection to the City of London, although awards are also made to other UK based applicants.

Teaching and community work in many different countries

Conservation and wildlife work abroad

Attendance at Summer schools and work experience abroad

Participation in-

  • Scout and Guide expeditions and Jamboreescompass221_Copy145
  • Raleigh International expeditions
  • British Exploring Society expeditions
  • Tall Ships voyages and sail training
  • Youth choir tours abroad
  • Kayaking and diving expeditions
  • Computer courses and skills training in London
  • Making TV documentaries overseas
  • Adventurous travel
  • Medical, dental and nursing electives
  • Working in orphanages and children’s homes and with the destitute abroad


Every year some beneficiaries receive awards, varying in value between £50 and £1000, towards the cost of their projects. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they can fund a large part of their project through their own efforts. Grants are made twice a year, in late spring and late autumn, for projects starting in the ensuing six months.

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