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Durham University

Grey College

Grey College Trust

Grey College Trust holds a fund that has been set up through legacies and other kind donations from Alumni and friends of the College. The Trustees meet once or twice per annum, and the Master of Grey College acts as Chair of the Trust. At present, Durham University acts as the Custodian Trustee of the fund.

Grey College Trust exists to support both Clubs/Societies and individual members of the College Community. For Clubs and Societies, the Trust can provide assistance towards developments which cannot otherwise be funded from Government or University sources. For individuals, support may be towards: helping a current member (Undergraduate or Postgraduate) undertake an expedition, activity or visit of a generally educational or cultural nature; or it may be to provide Hardship assistance with subsistence costs at Durham, provided that they are not eligible for centrally provided (State) funding.

It is important for applicants to realise that the Trust will not, in most cases, be able to provide all of the funds that they require for a particular initiative, and that careful judgements have to be made by the Trust before payment can be authorised.

Grey College Trust Objectives

The objectives of the Grey College Trust are:

  1. The improvement of the site of the College and its buildings, grounds, fixed and other assets.
  2. The provision (or where appropriate, the replacement or repair) of plant, equipment, furniture and other chattels on the provision of amenities or services for the benefit of the College and its Members.
  3. The assistance of any Club or Society, the membership of which is at the time substantially confined to the Membership of the College.
  4. The furtherance of any general charitable or educational object for the benefit of the College and its Members e.g. the provision of bursaries, scholarships, fellowships, lectureships to aid undergraduates and to provide additional research opportunities and teaching for the University.

Grey College Trust Awards

From the academic year 2019/20, The College Trust has introduced a range of new distinct Awards to which members of Grey can apply. They have been specifically designed to help fulfil the aims of the Trust, support Durham University’s Wider Student Experience Strategy, and enhance our new College Personal Development Programme; Grey Opportunities. We also hope that the launch of these individual Awards will help clarify the types of projects and opportunities that students can apply for funding to support. More details about each Award, including Terms & Conditions and application deadlines, can be found below by clicking the title of each Award.

Applicants, especially Club/Society applicants, are urged to discuss their cases for support informally with the Master before submission. If you have any questions about any of the Awards, please do not hesitate in contacting the College Student Experience Officer at