Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust Grant Program

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

Relevent Country: United Kingdom

Applications are now open for the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust (JSAWT) Grant Program.

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust was set up in 1982, by Mrs Jean Beryl Lilian Sainsbury, and is a registered charity. Since then, the Trust has given over £11 million to animal welfare charities.


The objectives of the Trust are to donate to UK registered charities whose purposes encompass one or more of the following:

  • to benefit or protect animals
  • to relieve animals from suffering
  • to conserve wildlife
  • to encourage the understanding of animals
  • Funding Information
  • The maximum pledge they will give is unlikely to exceed £35k.

Ineligible Funding 

The Trust will not support:

  • Applications from individuals.
  • Charities registered outside the UK.
  • Charities offering sanctuary to animals, with no effort to re-home, foster or rehabilitate unless endangered species.
  • Charities which import dogs or other animals from overseas, unless they can satisfy all of the criteria on the attached link.
  • Charities that do not have a realistic destruction policy for animals that cannot be given a reasonable quality of life be that medical or behavioural.
  • Charities with cash and/or investments valued at more than one year’s expenditure will not qualify for a donation, unless it can be demonstrated that reserves are being held specifically for a project.
  • Charities that spend more than a reasonable proportion of their annual income on administration or cannot justify their costs per animal helped.
  • Applications for a loan.
  • They would not normally support an application from overseas charities for funds for capital expenditure.
  • Veterinary Schools, unless the money can be seen to be directly benefiting the type of animals the Trust would want to support e.g. welfare-related or low-cost first opinion vet treatment projects.
  • The Trust expects all applicants to be charities which have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least 12 months unless their annual income is under £5,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Trust favours applications from smaller animal welfare charities registered in the UK and working in the UK or abroad:
  • Which have independently examined up to date annual accounts.
  • Which demonstrate an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into their care.
  • Involved with conservation of wildlife, when the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) the release of animals is their main aim.


The Trust aims to support UK registered charities by making donations toward the following:

  • General running costs associated with the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing or release of domestic, wild and exotic animals.
  • Costs associated with the direct protection of endangered species.
  • Feeding, capture, neutering and release of feral cats.
  • Assistance with vets’ fees and neutering costs of animals owned by those on low incomes.
  • Donations towards capital purchases involving land, buildings, vehicles, equipment and educational material. The Trustees may pledge funds towards large capital building projects which will only be released when all other funding is in place and the work is ready to commence.
  • Donations toward the purchase or improvement of property or fixed buildings are only considered if:
  • the property is clearly in the ownership of the charity, or
  • at least 10 years is left to run on the charity’s lease, or
  • a letter from the landowner states that the charity will be reimbursed for the improvements on sale of the property or at the end of the lease. Otherwise, support for improvements can only be considered when they do not increase the saleable value of the property.