About Us

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

Since we awarded our first grant in 2001, Indigo has funded initiatives and organisations in several fields both in the UK and overseas. In the past we have supported work on criminal justice and domestic violence and more recently funded projects across sub-Saharan Africa in areas such as education, agriculture and transparency and accountability.

Our current strategy focuses upon four areas:

  • Visual impairment: Tackling cataract and uncorrected refractive error in sub-Saharan Africa, which are the leading causes of visual impairment and blindness.
  • Access to justice in sub-Saharan Africa: Supporting efforts to increase access to legal information and resources through a network of legal information institutes and similar bodies.
  • Access to justice in the UK: Providing people who need it with access to legal advice and representation through law centres and legal advice providers.
  • Better grant-making: Working to support more effective grant-making and philanthropy by individual donors, trusts and foundations and others.

In order to achieve our goals in each of these areas we provide funding and advice to NGOs and other organisations working towards these ends. You can find out more about our focus areas here. We proactively seek out funding opportunities through research and visits. Consequently, all our funding streams are by invitation only and the Trust does not accept any unsolicited proposals.

Further details

Indigo is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (charity number 1075920), where you can find our latest annual report and accounts. 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.