How to Apply

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.

The trusts only fund registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes. None of the trusts directly supports individuals, education fees or expeditions.

The following trusts have their own web-sites, 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, JJ, 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 six trusts – Alan & Babette, Headley, Indigo, Jerusalem, 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 its website for grants in clearly defined areas. The True Colours website has a link to its application form for small grants, and the Headley webpage has a link to application forms for The Headley Museums Archaeological Acquisition Fund and for small grants providing practical aids to disabled people

Suitable applications should be sent by post to The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, The Peak, 5 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1AP, or by email to;

They should comprise a single document of no more than two pages, as any more will be discarded. Applications will have a better chance of success if they include:

  • A brief description of your charity – explaining its charitable aims and objectives, and stating its most recent annual income and expenditure.
  • An outline of the project requiring funding – why it is needed, who will benefit and in what way
  • The budget for the project – a breakdown of costs, the amount you are requesting, and any money raised so far.
  • The timescale for the project – when it will start and finish.
  • How you plan to measure the success and impact of the project.
  • The name and contact details of the person responsible for the application.

Please do not send more than one application; it will be considered by all relevant trusts. Please do not send books, brochures, DVDs, annual reports or accounts.

All applications will receive our standard acknowledgement. If your proposal is a candidate for support from one of the trusts, you will hear from us within eight weeks of the acknowledgement. Applicants who do not hear from us within this time must assume they have been unsuccessful.

Please note that correspondence addressed directly to the trustees will be handled in the first instance by the office.