Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

Status:Open for Applications for deadline, check the website


Grants are available for projects or activities in the UK which benefit and protect animals, relieve the suffering of animals, address the conservation of wildlife or encourage 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

Extended Description

Grants are provided by The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust which was established in 1982 by Mrs Jean Beryl Lilian Sainsbury. 

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.


Latest Information

Annual application deadlines: 15 January, 1 May and 1 September.

Grants of less than £1,000 may be awarded between the Trustee meetings at the discretion of the Chairman and Administrator.

Key Criteria

Registered charities in the UK are eligible to apply. The Trust favours applications from smaller animal welfare charities registered in the UK and working in the UK or abroad:

  • Which have at least one set of up-to-date annual accounts available for inspection.
  • 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.


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, 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 up to a maximum of £50,000 towards large capital building projects, which will only be released when all other funding is in place and the work is ready to commence.



The Trust will not normally support applications from the following:

  • 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.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made in writing to the Trust.

Applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • Nine copies of the completed questionnaire (available from the Trust's website).
  • Nine copies of the Charity's most recent audited accounts.
  • Nine copies of any other information felt to be relevant to the application (ie newsletters, re-homing statistics).

Applications are considered at Trustee meetings in March, July and November each year.  Grants of less than £1,000 may be awarded between the Trustee meetings at the discretion of the Chairman and administrator.


Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site - please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Mrs Madeleine Orchard Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust
PO Box 469
W14 8PJ