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The Norman Barnett Languages Trust
(Registered Charity Number. 1084591)

Providing grants for young people studying foreign languages

The Norman Barnett Languages Trust is a local charity which was set up by the will of the late Norman Barnett. Norman was a well known trader on Dewsbury Market with a love of foreign languages.

The aim of the Trust is to promote the study of foreign languages by young people.

Disken and Co act for the Trustees of the Norman Barnett Languages Trust in dealing with the administration of the Trust.

The Trust has been in operation for nineteen years and has awarded over 289 grants to young people living in the Dewsbury area and to local schools.

Who can apply?

Anyone who is resident within a five mile radius of Dewsbury Town Hall who is 24 years old or under on 31 December of the year in which the grant is awarded and who has demonstrated some ability in the study of foreign languages.

Organisations such as schools can also apply provided most of their students are resident with a five mile radius of Dewsbury Town Hall

When can I apply?

We normally advertise for applications in the autumn. However as a result of Covid-19 we have decided to delay advertising for applications until later in the year. We write to local schools and may also advertise for applications in the local newspapers. The Trustees usually meet in February to discuss the applications they have received.

What sort of activities does the Trust fund?

Grants have been awarded to help young people travel abroad, to attend a course at an educational establishment (either in the UK or abroad) and to support primary schools in teaching foreign languages but any proposal which promotes the study of foreign languages will be considered.

Where can I get an application form from?

The 2021 Application Form will be available in Spring 2021.

For any additional information about the trust, please contact

Sephie Collins on 01924 464101 or email smc@diskenandco.co.uk


Norman Barnett


Trustees' Meeting


Trustee Julie Halford joins the fun at Batley Girls' High School International Day in April 2016

Application Process for 2021 delayed because of Covid

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