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About Us

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The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts is the operating office of 17 different independent grantmaking trusts established by members of three generations of the Sainsbury family. It exists to provide economies of scale in the management of the trusts’ activities. It does not make grants; only the individual trusts do so. The trusts’ support for charitable causes over more than 50 years represents one of the leading examples of sustained philanthropy in Britain.

Each trust is an independent legal entity with its own separate and autonomous board of trustees, actively led by an individual member of the Sainsbury family. Each trust’s charitable giving follows the family member’s own interests, priorities and ways of working.

The trusts only fund registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes. They do not make grants directly to individuals.

The trustees take an active role in their grantmaking, employing specialist staff and advisers to research their areas of interest and bring forward suitable proposals. Many of the trusts work closely with their chosen beneficiaries over a long period to achieve particular objectives.

The following trusts have their own websites, which give comprehensive information about their activities and, where relevant, their application procedures:

The Ashden Trust
The Gatsby Charitable Foundation
The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund
The Linbury Trust
The True Colours Trust
The Woodward Charitable Trust
The Indigo Trust

For information about the trusts which do not have their own websites, please follow the links below:

The Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund
The Glass-House Trust
The Headley Trust
The Jerusalem Trust
The JJ Charitable Trust
The Mark Leonard Trust
The Monument Trust
The Staples Trust
The Tedworth Charitable Trust
The Three Guineas Trust

Ashden, Gatsby, Glass-House, Mark Leonard, Staples and Tedworth proactively seek out proposals, and do not therefore consider any other applications. Linbury does not generally make grants in response to unsolicited applications.

Monument is close to spending out its endowment. In its final period of operation the Trustees will only be considering new grants to charities with which they already have a close association.

This means that only seven trusts – Alan & Babette, Headley, Indigo, Jerusalem, JJ, True Colours and Three Guineas – will consider proposals, and only if they closely fit the trusts’ specific areas of interest. In addition Woodward has an application form on their website for grants in clearly defined areas.

There are further details about submitting proposals on the Am I Eligible page.

However, it should be understood that the great majority of proposals are unsuccessful. The trustees wish to discourage charities from wasting time and resources on applications that fall outside the trusts’ remit.

A number of the trusts currently publish details of their grants online in accordance with the 360 Degree Giving open data standard for philanthropic giving. To read more about this initiative, please visit the 360 site.