Policies

If you have any questions about applications please email Madeleine Orchard, the Trust’s Administrator: orchardjswelfare@gmail.com

The Trust will not support:

  1. Applications from individuals.
  2. Charities registered outside the UK.
  3. Charities offering sanctuary to animals, with no effort to re-home, foster or rehabilitate unless endangered species.
  4. Charities that do not have a realistic destruction policy for animals that cannot be given a reasonable quality of life.
  5. Charities with available reserves equal to more than one year's expenditure will not qualify for consideration unless it can be demonstrated that reserves are being held for a designated project.
  6. Charities that spend more than a reasonable proportion of their annual income on administration or cannot justify their costs per animal helped.
  7. Veterinary Schools, unless the money can be seen to be directly benefiting the type of animals the Trust would want to support e.g. welfare-related or low-cost first opinion vet treatment projects.

The Trust expects all applicants to be charities registered with the Charity Commission unless their annual income is under 5,000.

The Trust favours applications from smaller animal welfare charities registered in the UK and working in the UK or abroad:

  • Which have independently examined up to date annual accounts.
  • Which demonstrate an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into their care.
  • Involved with conservation of wildlife, when the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) the release of animals is their main aim.

The Trust aims to support UK registered charities by making donations toward the following:

  • General running costs associated with the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing or release of domestic, wild and exotic animals.
  • Feeding, capture, neutering and release of feral cats.
  • Assistance with vet's fees and neutering costs of animals owned by those on low incomes.
  • Donations towards capital purchases involving land, buildings, vehicles, equipment and educational material. The Trustees may pledge funds towards large capital building projects, which will only be released when all other funding is in place and the work is ready to commence. The maximum pledge we will gve is £35k.
  • Donations toward the purchase or improvement of property or fixed buildings are only considered if:
    1. the property is clearly in the ownership of the charity, or
    2. at least 10 years is left to run on the charity's lease, or
    3. a letter from the landowner states that the charity will be reimbursed for the improvements on sale of the property or at the end of the lease. Otherwise, support for improvements can only be considered when they do not increase the saleable value of the property.