Hugh and Montague Leney (Travelling) Awards Trust

This funding programme is closed to new applications.

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Students who are spending their gap year doing community or humanitarian projects can apply for an award of up to £2,500 from the Hugh and Montague Leney (Travelling) Awards Trust.

Individuals and small groups are encouraged to use their initiative in the planning and fulfilment of worthwhile projects and in their commitment to the less fortunate.

The award will be given to projects that are:

  • of a humanitarian nature in less well-developed regions
  • beneficial to the local community.

It is not an overseas holiday.

The overseas project needs to have a duration of at least 4 weeks but particularly strong applications for shorter projects may still be considered.


The trust will award bursaries or maintenance allowances of up to £2,500 (and will consider awards of more than £2,500).

The money provided is not intended to cover total costs. Parents' contributions, individual initiative and other sources of fundraising or sponsorship will be considered towards the application.

To apply for a travelling award from the Hugh and Montague Leney (Travelling) Awards Trust you must be:

  • between the age of 16 and 19 years old
  • attending a school in Kent, Medway, Bexley or Bromley or have left school in the last 12 months.

Preference is given to those who have:

  • shown qualities of leadership
  • chosen a venture which is likely to help their future life and career.

Trustees are the people responsible for controlling the work, management and administration of the charity on behalf of its beneficiaries. They make decisions about the charity together, working as a team.

Dan Polden

School or organisation I work for: Dover Grammar School for Boys

Current role: Head of Sixth Form and Chair of the Leney Trust

About me: I enjoy playing (I refuse to hang up my boots!) and watching football, walking my dog (a chocolate labrador) and spending time with my family and friends. I also recently discovered the joys of skiing and, in an ideal world, I would have at least two holidays per year; one on the slopes and one somewhere hot and exotic!

Ana Rowley

School or organisation I work for: Kent County Council (KCC)

Current role: Education Services Planning and Resources Manager

About me: I am the Education Services Planning and Resources Manager, in the Children, Young People and Education Directorate. I have worked for KCC for the last 18 years, and for most of that time in the Education Division with schools and school leaders.

Valérie Mitchell

School or organisation I work for: Dover Grammar School for Girls

Current role: Education Services Planning and Resources Manager

About me: I enjoy reading, gardening (I love seeing the vegetables and fruit I have tended, whatever the weather, grow) and spending time with my family and friends. My big love, however, is cooking and baking. I can lose many hours decorating cakes!

Lynn Glover

School or organisation I work for: Hope View School

Current role: Assistant Headteacher at Hope View School

About me: I enjoy reading, walking and shopping in my spare time. I have recently become interested in watching the Women's Super League, having children who play football has helped me enjoy watching the game. I spend Sunday mornings on the sideline and the afternoon watching the ladies games with my children. I love going on holiday, I am a keen camper and have seen much of Britain, France, Holland and Belgium under canvas with electricity of course!

Steve Manion

About me: I am Kent County Councillor for Dover North and Dover District Council.

I write and deliver training courses all over the world, and I'm also:

  • a member of the Kent and Medway Towns Fire and Rescue Authority
  • Honorary Treasurer for the Industrial Communities Alliance
  • Chairman of Kent Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education
  • a consultant in operations and resource management.

As well as the public sector, I have worked in the following industries:

  • aerospace
  • image technology
  • oil and gas
  • pharmaceutical
  • transport.

Applications closed on 16 February 2024.

The Hugh and Montague Leney (Travelling) Awards Trust will be in contact regarding whether your application is successful or not.

If you have any questions or you wish to withdraw your consent email