The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust


The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust’s objectives are to donate to UK registered charities whose purposes encompass one or more of the following:

  • to benefit or protect animals
  • to relieve animals from suffering
  • to conserve wild life
  • to encourage the understanding of animals

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

  • Which have independently examined up to date annual accounts.
  • Which demonstrate an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into their care.
  • Involved with conservation of wildlife, when the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) the release of animals is their main aim.

The Trust aims to support UK registered charities by making donations toward the following:

  • General running costs associated with the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing or release of domestic, wild and exotic animals.
  • Feeding, capture, neutering and release of feral cats.
  • Assistance with vet’s 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 towards large capital building projects, which will only be released when all other funding is in place and the work is ready to commence. The maximum pledge awarded is £35k.
  • Donations toward the purchase or improvement of property or fixed buildings are only considered if:
    1. the property is clearly in the ownership of the charity, or
    2. at least 10 years is left to run on the charity’s lease, or
    3. 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.

Donations are considered three times each year, usually in March, July and November, by a panel of up to seven trustees and range from £1,000 to a normal maximum of £10,000. Smaller donations may be awarded between the meetings at the discretion of the Chairman and Administrator of the Trust.

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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