About Us

The Indigo Trust is a UK-based grant-making foundation that is part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (SFCT).

To date we have provided small and high-risk grants (usually £10,000-20,000) to early-stage projects or organisations in sub-Saharan Africa aimed at stimulating innovative approaches to transparency, accountability and citizen empowerment work. In addition to our international work, we have a small portfolio of grants supporting more open and effective philanthropy in the UK. We are currently reviewing our grant-making strategy and will be sharing more details of that in the near future. Please note that all our funding streams are by invitation only and the Trust does not accept any unsolicited proposals.

What we support

Our transparency and accountability funding has focused on exploring the ways in which mobile and web technologies can be integrated into wider programmes enabling citizens to access the information they need to make informed decisions and hold authorities accountable. This includes several areas, such as parliamentary monitoring, access to budget information, corporate transparency, freedom of information and democratic transparency. We also work with organisations using digital technologies to enable citizens to monitor public service delivery and campaign for improvements.

Our future strategy will be announced in due course, but in the meantime you can find a complete, up-to-date list of grantees on our Grants Awarded page

Further details

Indigo is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (charity number 1075920) and our annual report is available by clicking this link. You can also find copies of the charitable trust deed and registered charity index report by clicking the links. It should be noted that Indigo has no segregated investments in oil and gas and exposure to these areas in co-mingled funds will never exceed 5% of the Trust’s total investments, although we aim for less than 1% exposure. We will continue to assess opportunities to further divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions.