Trust to give away nearly all its funds

A charitable trust has said it will give away £26m, most of its funds, to a small number of organisations over the next three years.

The Tubney Charitable Trust will award grants to groups working to protect biodiversity, including the conservation of “uncharismatic UK species”, and campaigning to improve the welfare of farmed animals.

From 3 June, it will be awarding grants on an invitation-to-bid basis only. Until then, charities will still be able to apply for a number of open programmes.

“Leading NGOs and other advisers have helped us identify areas of pressing need for which the injection of funds in the short term will make a significant difference to achieving positive change in the long term,” said trust executive director Sarah Ridley.

The trust was founded by Miles and Briony Blackwell, owners of the Blackwell booksellers, who both died suddenly, and within three weeks of each other, in 2001.

Further information on the trust can be found at the trust’s website.

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