New funding priorities

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust has completed its strategic review. It will now have very specific funding priorities and the total grant budget will be reduced from that of recent years to reflect the Trust’s current financial resources.

To maximise the impact of reduced funding, the Trust is moving towards preventative work in the following two areas of concern.

It will be accepting applications for work which is designed to improve the life chances of some of the most disadvantaged 0-3 year olds in England and Wales by investing in early intervention. It will be looking to fund work which improves the reach to targeted groups and seeks to bring about improved defined outcomes.

The Trust will also be funding work to support and inform families and communities particularly at risk of autosomal recessive conditions. This work will be led for the Trust by Alstrom Syndrome UK and will involve working with other relevant patient organisations to improve the support they offer, and to help inform and empower those affected when seeking treatment and in making future reproductive choices. Because of the way this work is being managed, unsolicited applications will not be invited.

In addition, a limited amount of funding will remain for work in East Africa which the Trust already supports. New work will not be considered at this stage.

The Trust’s new website will give full details of the funding priorities, as well as application information.

In coming to the decisions above, the Trust is aware and regrets that many excellent organisations that have been funded in the past will no longer be eligible to apply.

Background Information

Sylvia Adams was a professional collector of antiques and works of art. Born in 1907, her career was at its peak in the 1930s and 1940s. She broke many of the traditions of her age to start working in, and later to part own, a London antique shop. She collected for one person in particular, Colonel Boscowan who was based in Tanzania and whose collection is now housed in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. In addition she had a wonderful personal collection which included renaissance bronzes, ivories, furniture and mirrors.

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust was founded in 1996 in line with her stated wishes, and with the money from the sale of her personal collection of antiques and works of art.

The Trust has already distributed over £13 million in grants to a wide variety of organisations across the UK for beneficiaries in the UK and overseas.

For further information, please contact Jane Young, Director:

01707 259259 / 07775 793432 The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust, Sylvia Adams House, 24 The Common, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0NB

Registered charity, number 1050678

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