It is with great sadness that The Linbury Trust announces the death of Lord John Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG who died peacefully at home on 14 January 2022, after a long illness.

In parallel with his leadership of Sainsbury’s plc, Lord Sainsbury was one of the country’s great philanthropists. He believed passionately in the importance of giving something back and in the role that philanthropy plays in society. With his wife, Lady Anya Sainsbury CBE, formerly Anya Linden, ballerina of the Royal Ballet, they started The Linbury Trust in the early 1970s. Since its inception Linbury has awarded millions to charitable organisations across the world, supporting causes across a wide spectrum from arts, heritage and culture to education access for young people, homelessness, helping older people live independent lives and overseas humanitarian aid.

Lord Sainsbury will be remembered as a champion of the arts and his generosity has helped secure the legacy of many of the UK’s internationally known cultural venues. These include the Ashmolean Museum, the British Museum, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Museum of London and the highly acclaimed Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House. One of his greatest contributions to culture was in the late 1980s, when together with his brothers, Simon and Timothy, they funded the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, home to a world-class art collection. Lord Sainsbury was also a key figure in establishing the much-loved Sainsbury Archive.

The Trust asks that the family’s privacy is respected at this difficult time.

Who We Are

The Linbury Trust is a UK-based grant-making foundation; we are part of the wider Sainsbury Family Trust network. You can read more about the Sainsbury Family Trusts here:

The Linbury Trust was established by Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG, and his wife Anya, Lady Sainsbury CBE, the former ballerina, Anya Linden.

The Linbury Trust made its first grant award in 1973 since then has awarded grants across the world.

How We Work

The Linbury Trust does not accept unsolicited enquiries or applications. We appreciate that a highly competitive open application process can be time consuming for the organisation applying.

Through partnership work and research, we identify organisations we want to work with. We aim to be more conversational than transactional and we invite applications for projects we are interested in supporting. The Linbury Trust has a small and dedicated staff team, and our Trustees meet 4-5 times per year to take the final decisions on which projects to support.

What We Fund

We fund a wide variety of work and can support core costs, specific projects and we occasionally contribute to capital schemes.  

Our focus is public engagement with culture (including arts, dance, museums and heritage) as well projects that improve the lives and choices of people experiencing disadvantage and inequality, including homelessness, and refuges and asylum seekers.

We fund projects that improve the educational attainment of young people; we also support projects that help older people, especially those experiencing isolation.

We provide support for projects that support the environment and connect people with nature; we also occasionally support work overseas, especially in the fields of emergency relief.

Recent awards have included the House of St Barnabas, and their work supporting homeless people; core funding to the Green Light Trust who use nature and the environment to support vulnerable people; and Paraorchestra, working with disabled musicians on the forthcoming production entitled Smoosh!

Other Sources of Funding

We are not able to support all the ideas shared with us; there are a variety of resources available that may help you to find a suitable funder for your work.

Finally, if you are searching for funds, a good place to start is to talk to your local Community Foundation, CVS or Council as many offer grants, advice and sources of help.

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