After more than half a century since it was founded by the late Simon Sainsbury, and approximately £500m in grants, The Monument Trust closed in 2018 and the remainder of its endowment was given away. Historically the Trust made grants in the following areas:
- Arts and Heritage – arts, architectural and environmental projects of national or regional importance, including galleries, museums, and historic houses and gardens. Cultural projects which made a major contribution to regenerating economically depressed areas.
- Health and Community Care – substantial HIV/AIDS projects in the UK and Africa, social exclusion, community care, and hospices.
- Criminal justice and homelessness – The Trustees have established a Fellowship of organisations working beyond the lifetime of the Trust, towards a concerted and lasting effort on diversion from offending, prison work and more effective alternatives, and resettlement within communities. See http://themonumentfellowship.blogspot.co.uk/
The Trustees made a number of significant legacy gifts in each of their fields of interest. Their final allocations were entrusted to The Woolbeding Charity, to complete the last pieces of The Monument Trust’s work. Among these is a Glasshouse at Woolbeding, a National Trust property in Sussex which was home to Simon for many years. For more information on the Trust’s legacy and the Glasshouse project, visit The Woolbeding Charity’s page.