In 1964, the Will of William E. Lancaster created a trust known as the William E. Lancaster Trust. In brief language, the Will gives the Selectmen discretion in the use of his gift as follows: "to be used by the Selectmen of the Town of Salem in any way they see fitting and proper to make Salem a better place to live in." Funds are made available annually in May or June with an opportunity to request funds for a 30-day period beginning in mid April. Information on submitting a request for funding from the Lancaster Fund will be available in early April 2020. In the meantime, please feel free to view the submission guidelines for more information.