Welcome to The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust. Here you will find information about Sylvia Adams, the history of the Trust and about our current priorities and procedures for grant making, as well as information on how to make a Stage 1 application.
If you are considering applying to the Trust for support, please read all the information carefully so that you can make the appropriate decision about whether to proceed. If it would be helpful, we are happy to be contacted for further clarification or advice.
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, registered charity, number 1050678, was founded in 1996 in line with Miss Adams’ stated wishes, and was endowed with the money from the sale of her personal collection of antiques and works of art.
From 1996 to 2015, grants were made to support work in the UK, including some grants specifically for Hertfordshire where the Trust is based, and overseas. The focus was on supporting children and young people, those with a disability and those living in poverty or who were socially excluded. Over £13.5 million in grants was distributed to a wide variety of organisations.
In 2015 the Trust reassessed its policies on the long term future of the Trust and regarding the concerns to be supported.
From 2016, the Trust will have a small number of specific funding priorities which are outlined on this website. Some, but not all, will be open for unsolicited applications. The total grant budget has been reduced from recent years to reflect the Trust’s current financial resources.
The Trust is very aware that many wonderful organisations that have previously been supported will no longer be eligible to apply and it regrets the disappointment this may cause.