Animal Defense Trust Grant

The Animal Defence Trust

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Deadline: Mar 31, 2021

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Animal Welfare - General

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Capital Project

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Ireland, United Kingdom

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100 years ago in 1903 the Swedish Countess, Emily Augusta Louise Lind-af-Hageby founded the Animal Defence and Anti Vivisection Society which she ran until her death on 12 December 1963 from Animal Defence House, 15 St James's Place, London, SW1.
Following her death it became necessary to separate her assets from those of the Society and in February 1970 the vice Chancellor in the Chancery Division of the High Court gave judgement that 29/60ths of her assets, including Animal Defence House, belonged to the Society, subject to 24 of such 29ths being settled on Charitable Trusts to carry on the charitable purposes of the Society. In September 1971, with the approval of the Court and of the Attorney General, the Animal Defence Trust was registered with the Charity Commission as a registered charity.
Later, following the liquidation of the Society, which had become a company limited by guarantee, the Commercial Court ruled in a judgement in 1991 that the surplus assets in the liquidation of the incorporated society should be transferred to the Animal Defence Trust including the proceeds of sale of the Society's 237 acres Ferne Estate, near Shaftesbury, Dorset. 

As a result, the Animal Defence Trust has been able, with largely the old Society's assets, to carry out the old Society's longstanding solely animal welfare charitable purpose.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Organisations eligible to apply for grants will be charitable institutions registered in the UK or Eire.
  • Grants are given for capital projects or animal protection projects only.
  • Grants are usually one-off payments.

This page was last reviewed April 01, 2020 and last updated April 01, 2020