How to Apply

The trustees’ primary aims are the funding of medical and veterinary research and education, welfare of animals and help with refugees and in providing relief to disaster areas worldwide. We work on these aims primarily as partners with leading national and international charities such as ActionAid, Alzheimer’s Research UK, The Brooke and Médecins Sans Frontières. Substantial grants are made for education through Cambridge University and for veterinary research through various veterinary colleges.

So, you must bear in mind the trustees priorities which, in more detail and in order of importance, are:

In veterinary research, One Health and Zoonosis, Virology and the thoroughbred racehorse and its breeding. Education, with emphasis on medical/veterinary matters and in the relief of poverty. Medical research with particular emphasis on dementia and cancer. Horse welfare particularly in relation to working equines. Refugee aid and disaster relief. Conservation and wildlife.

Smaller grants are made across a wider field. Trustees will consider supporting charitable projects in causes close to their aims which satisfy a NEED, make an IMPACT and are performed by the most APPROPRIATE people or organisation. Charities applying to the ALBORADA Trust for the first time should bear in mind that the trustees prefer developing a relationship over a period of time. So, initial applications have a better chance if they are for a modest sum. 

Please note that unsolicited applications will not be acknowledged (the Trust has only two part-time employees) and the Trust does not award grants of less than £25,000. You must be a charity registered in the UK with the Charity Commission.

The Trustees, three of whom are resident overseas, meet twice a year in April and December. Completed applications may be lodged at any time but need to be lodged before the end of March and/or November if they are to make the agenda at the appropriate meetings. Applications are, in the first instance, scrutinised by the Trust Director who is charged with choosing twelve to go before the Trustees at each meeting.

If you are a registered charity, before you go to the trouble of completing our application form, please consider our aims, have a look at the causes we help and consider how your work will rate against theirs. Please note that the trust does not normally help those charities who receive substantial government aid, those involved in pet welfare, the arts and culture, marriage guidance, children’s welfare charities (in the UK), zoos and charities involved in political or media lobbying. The Trust prefers to support revenue rather than capital projects.

Application – Phase 1