Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
We primarily support programmes which have a focus on climate change,
sustainable development or on improving the quality of life in poorer
communities. Generally, we do not accept unsolicited approaches, unless they
are exceptional proposals which closely fit our specific areas of interest.
For further details please see our categories
The trustees take a proactive approach to the work they wish to support,
employing a range of specialist staff and advisers to research their areas
of interest and bring forward suitable proposals. It should therefore be
understood that the majority of unsolicited proposals we receive will be
We support registered charities and not-for-profit organisations. The
purpose for which you are applying to us must be legally charitable and your
constitution must allow you to carry out the work that you propose.
The Trust does not normally fund: individuals for projects, educational
fees or to join expeditions; support for a general appeal or circular; work
that is routine or well-proven elsewhere or with a low impact; or work that
is the responsibility of central or local government, health trusts or
health authorities, or which are substantially funded by them. We never
support retrospective funding, that is work that has already been completed.
Do not apply to more than one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.
Each application will be considered by each trust which may have an interest
in this field.
You should outline why the project is needed; the aims and objectives of
the project; how, when and where the project will be delivered; who will
benefit from the project and in what way; and how the project will continue
once your funding has come to an end. You should also include an income and
expenditure budget and details of any funding that has either been secured
or applied for. Please also provide a description of the organisation.
If you would like to apply to the Trust you should send a brief
description of the proposed project to:
Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts
5 Wilton Road
London SW1V 1AP
Alternatively, you can email your application to
All applications will receive our standard acknowledgement letter. If
your proposal is a candidate for support from one of the trusts, you will
hear from us within 6-8 weeks of the acknowledgement. Applicants who do not
hear from us within 8 weeks of the acknowledgement must assume they have
These will be outlined by letter if you are offered a grant. Sometimes
additional conditions will be added to take account of a particular aspect
of a grant.
Yes, we ask all organisations applying for grants to provide a full set
The Trust has a monitoring and evaluation policy that includes grant
recipients completing a progress report at the end of each year of funding.
We don't have the resources to visit all organisations that apply to us,
or that receive a grant from us. We do visit some projects to find out how
the work is going, what is being achieved and any lessons resulting from it.
We will contact you if we would like to visit your work.
If you are applying to us for funding for a project which is your only
work in the financial year (and you have no other core costs) then we just
need the budget for that project. If it is one of a number of projects you
will be doing in a financial year, but you have no other core costs then we
will need to see a summary of all the budgets.
If your organisation is new and has no financial history (i.e. this is
your first project or first year of activity) you do not need to send any
additional financial information. If your organisation does not have
accounts but has a financial history (even if you are less than a year old
or have only completed one project) then you should send the final budget
figures either for the first year of your work, or the most recent projects.
If you are applying for a social investment loan, we will need to comply
with specific criteria and we would ask you to contact us to discuss this in
more detail. You will be required to provide a business plan and we will ask
for your project to be independently assessed.