Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

Grants are available to animal welfare charities for projects or activities in the UK that benefit and protect animals, relieve the suffering of animals, address the conservation of wildlife or encourage a greater understanding of animals. 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.

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.

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).

Applications are accepted from UK registered charities working in the UK or abroad. (Charities with an annual income under £5,000 do not need to be registered to be eligible.)

Organisations should:

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

The Trust favours applications from smaller animal welfare charities.

For more information see their website at, or email

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