Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund supports youth employment, freedom of speech, peacebuilding, and reconciliation.

IP TAKE: This organization supports smaller, grassroots, and local organizations rather than those with a national or international agenda.

PROFILE: The Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund is one of 17 nonprofits in the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Each nonprofit is a separate legal entity and operates grantmaking programs independent of the group.

Established in the United Kingdom in 1953, the fund has a one-page website that offers some background information. In global development, this funder is concerned with youth employment, freedom of speech, peacebuilding, and reconciliation. The fund concentrates on projects and programs in developing countries, and prioritizes sub-Saharan Africa.

The Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund does not have an explicit global development grantmaking program. Grants related to global development are made through its “Overseas” category.

Grant range from £10,000 to £100,000, but most awards fall between £10,000 and £25,000. To learn more about the types of organizations supported by the fund and at what level, explore its latest annual report at the bottom of its landing page. 

The fund prioritizes giving to UK-based organizations, but occasionally makes awards to organizations beyond the UK. It does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding, and while it does not explicitly refuse to accept unsolicited applications, it warns that such requests are “unlikely to be successful.”

PEOPLE:

  • Alan Bookbinder, Head of the Sainsbury Family Trusts
  • Timothy Sainsbury, Trustee
  • Lindsey Anderson, Trustee
  • Julian Sainsbury, Trustee