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Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

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Fund Information

Funding body:

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

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Application deadline:



The Trust was established in 1982 by Mrs Jean Beryl Lilian Sainsbury. Since then the Trust has given more than £9 million to animal welfare charities.

Objectives of Fund

The objectives of the Trust are to donate to projects or activities encompassing one or more of the following areas:

  • The benefit and protection of animals.

  • The relief of suffering in animals.

  • The conservation of wildlife.

  • The encouragement of a greater understanding of animals.

Value Notes

Grants are normally in the range of £1,000 to £10,000, although smaller amounts may be considered.

Grants can be used towards revenue and capital costs. The Trust may pledge up to £35,000 for large capital building projects; this would only be released when all other funding is in place and the work is ready to commence.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a specified requirement.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from animal welfare charities in the UK. Applicants are expected to be registered with the Charities Commission unless they have annual income is under £5,000.

The Trust favours applications from smaller animal welfare charities registered in the UK and working in the UK or abroad which meet the following requirements:

  • Have independently examined, up-to-date annual accounts.

  • Demonstrate an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into their care.

  • Are involved with conservation of wildlife, when the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) the release of animals is their main aim.


United Kingdom

Terms and Conditions

Donations toward the purchase or improvement of property or fixed buildings are only considered if one of the following criteria is met:

  • The property is clearly in the ownership of the charity.

  • At least 10 years is left to run on the charity's lease.

  • A letter from the landowner states that the charity will be reimbursed for the improvements on sale of the property or at the end of the lease.

Otherwise, support for improvements can only be considered when they do not increase the saleable value of the property.

The Trust attempts to visit as many charities as possible in order to view the work of applicants and to monitor the results of donations given.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.

  • Charities registered outside the UK.

  • Charities offering sanctuary to animals, with no effort to re-home, foster or rehabilitate, unless endangered species.

  • Applications from individuals.

  • Charities that do not have a realistic destruction policy for animals that cannot be given a reasonable quality of life.

  • Charities with available reserves equal to more than one year's expenditure will not qualify for consideration unless it can be demonstrated that reserves are being held for a designated project.

  • Charities that spend more than a reasonable proportion of their annual income on administration or cannot justify their costs per animal helped.

  • Veterinary Schools, unless the money can be seen to be directly benefiting the type of animals the Trust would want to support, eg welfare-related or low-cost, first-opinion-vet-treatment projects.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust will fund the following activities:

  • General running costs associated with the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of domestic, wild and exotic animals.

  • Feeding, capturing, neutering and releasing of feral cats.

  • Assistance with vets' fees and neutering costs of animals owned by those on low incomes.

  • Donations towards capital purchases involving land, buildings, vehicles, equipment and educational material. The Trustees may pledge funds up to a maximum of £35,000 towards large capital building projects, which will only be released when all other funding is in place and the work is ready to commence.

How To Apply

The deadlines for application each year are 15 January, 1 May and 1 September.

There is no formal application form. Applications should be made in writing to the Trust after reading the Trust's guidelines to funding which can be found on the Trust's website.

Applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • 10 copies of the completed questionnaire (available from the Trust's website).

  • 10 copies of the applicant's most recent audited or independently examined accounts.

  • 10 copies of any other information felt to be relevant to the application (ie newsletters, re-homing statistics).

The Trust encourages charities to maintain contact with it and is also pleased to receive updates on charities' plans and activities. Repeat applications from charities are encouraged when further financial support might be given if funds allow.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Madeleine Orchard
    Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust
    PO Box 469
    W14 8PJ
    Email: [email protected]

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