Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund awards its final tranche of legacy grants

The fund, headed by Astrid Bonfield, announces that £3.14m has been split between 44 organisations before it closes at the end of the year

Astrid Bonfield
Astrid Bonfield

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund has awarded £3.14m in legacy grants as part of its plans to close at the end of the year.

The money has been split between 44 organisations that have been long-term partners of the fund and work to meet its aims of improving the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK and worldwide.

Action on Armed Violence, the UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development, the Barrow Cadbury Trust and the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy at Cass Business School, are among those to benefit.

Since its launch in 1997, days after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the grant-making fund has given more than £100m to charitable causes.

The decision to close the fund was taken in 2007 at the launch of its five-year strategic plan, when its board decided it should spend its remaining capital over a limited number of years. They believed this would allow the fund to maximise its impact as a grant-maker and a champion of charitable causes.

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will become the legal owner of the fund when it closes at the end of December. This is because as a matter of law the fund cannot completely cease to exist.

Astrid Bonfield, the fund’s chief executive, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be providing legacy grants to support the core missions of some of the organisations that the fund has had the privilege to work with during the past five years.

"Our aim is that these grants will enable recipient organisations to keep building on the many successes they’ve achieved to date and help them to continue to create positive, long-term social change that helps generations to come."

Since 2007, the fund has spent almost £25m on working to improve the lives of people with HIV/Aids, cancer and other life-limiting illnesses in sub-Saharan Africa, child refugees and young asylum seekers in the UK, and people affected by the use of cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war.

Sir Roger Singleton, the fund’s chair, said: "We are very pleased that the royal foundation has agreed to safeguard the name of the fund in the future, and particularly that any donations made to the fund after it has operationally closed are guaranteed to go towards supporting the royal foundation’s important charitable work."

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