Stocks Massey Bequest Fund

Applications to the Stocks Massey Bequest for 2022 are now invited. Please see downloads at the bottom of this page for an application form.

The deadline to submit an application is 5pm on Thursday 26th May 2022 – please see submission details within the application form.

What is the Stocks Massey Bequest?

Edward Stocks Massey left a large sum of money in his will for the benefit of the inhabitants of Burnley. This sum was invested by the then corporation (now Burnley Borough Council) and has been maintained by trustees over the years to allow an annual sum of money to be granted to Burnley residents to advance the arts in the borough.

The annual income was originally divided between the Municipal Orchestra, Towneley Hall, and education grants to local individuals.

Burnley currently has the Edward Stocks Massey Gallery at Towneley Hall, and the Massey Music Library at Burnley Central Library, both of which were funded by the grant.

Who was Edward Stocks Massey?

Edward Stocks Massey was born in Brierfield in 1850. In 1883 Edward and his brother Charles became partners of his brothers firm Massey’s Brewery, in Burnley. This is where they made their fortune.

The Edward Stocks Massey Bequest fund was established by his will after his death, childless, in 1909. He bequeathed the town of Burnley £135,000. He had a keen interest in music and was a choirmaster of St Luke’s Church in Brierfield.

Who is eligible to apply to this fund?

The grant is available to individuals and organisations in the town for education, the advancement of science, learning music and other arts within the borough.

There are also two Higher Education Student Support Scholarships available each year to assist young people of Burnley who have gone into further education in the borough, and who have achieved a place at a higher education institution.

How do I apply?

A public notice is published in the Burnley Express every year during April inviting applications. 

Application forms can be downloaded from this web page or copies requested from

Completed applications must be submitted by the deadline set out above.

Please note that an application that meets the relevant criteria of the bequest is no guarantee that an award will be made; grants awarded in previous years are also no guarantee of future awards and a previous unsuccessful application does not prevent any future applications being considered. Please also note that bequest funds are limited.

For the student scholarship applications, students must be nominated by their previous school or college, and have demonstrated academic achievement, contribution to school/college life and/or difficulty in financing their higher education.

If you require further details on student scholarships, please contact Please note that applications for scholarships are considered during December each year.

In conjunction with preparing an application please also read the ‘Privacy Notice’ in ‘downloads’ below detailing how we will use the information you provide to us as part of an application.

Who decides if my application was successful?

A joint advisory committee will consider all applications, and this committee comprises of three permanent Trustees, three Lancashire County Councillors, two Burnley Borough Councillors who will make a joint decision on applications.