About Us

The Linbury Trust was founded in 1973 by Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG and his wife, Anya, Lady Sainsbury, CBE, the former ballerina, Anya Linden.

Over 46 years it has made grants totalling more than £150 million to organisations and towards causes across a broad range of categories, including the Arts; Education; Museums and Heritage; Environment; Medical; Social Welfare and Developing Countries. During the last two financial years, 70% of Linbury’s grant expenditure was to Arts, and Museums and Heritage, however, some 65% of the value of grants made over the last ten years have been to other causes.

The Trustees make grants very selectively, giving priority to charitable causes where they have particular knowledge and experience, and for work where they believe their grants will be fully cost-effective. The Linbury Trust has consistently supported excellence in the visual and performing arts, it is a stalwart supporter of education, particularly in the fields of dance and the visual arts. It is equally concerned to support the disadvantaged through education and social welfare, and supports charities working to improve the quality of the lives of the elderly and those suffering from dementia.

The Linbury Prize for Stage Design was founded by Lady Anya Sainsbury in 1987 and is funded entirely by The Linbury Trust. It is administered by the National Trust and gives a unique opportunity for graduating designers to work with some of the UK’s leading theatre, opera and dance companies.

The Linbury Trustees are:

  • Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG
  • Lady Sainsbury CBE
  • James Barnard
  • Richard Butler Adams
  • Sarah Butler Sloss
  • Sir Martin Jacomb
  • Julian Sainsbury
  • Mark Sainsbury

The Linbury Trust is one of the group of grant-making foundations that are collectively known as The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. www.sfct.org.uk

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