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How to Apply

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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.

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; proposals@sfct.org.uk. Current or recent grant recipients should address their application to the SFCT staff member with whom they have been working.

Please note that applications can be submitted at any time of the year and we do not have funding deadlines.

Applications should comprise a single document of no more than two pages, as any more will be discarded. They 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 (this must include the full name, postal address and telephone number).

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.