OUR GRANTS

Lund Trust supports a variety of causes and organizations in the UK and internationally. So far, we have given more than $62 million. Below are a few examples.

We also make small grants through our open applications programmes – Sussex Lund and the End of Life Care programme.

SCOTTISH WILDLIFE TRUST

Home to more than 90,000 species – from lichens, wood ants and butterflies, to golden eagles, basking sharks and beavers – Scotland has a rich and diverse natural history. But nature in Scotland has suffered from centuries of exploitation, resulting in habitat loss and widespread decline of wildlife. The Scottish Wildlife Trust works to improve the health and resilience of ecosystems across Scotland’s land, seas and skies through practical conservation activities, as well as policy and campaigning work. The Trust also manages a network of 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland. We support the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape, a long-term community partnership project which aims to bring environmental and economic benefits to the Coigach and Assynt regions of North West Scotland. This is one of the largest restoration projects in Europe, covering 635 km2, within which are some of the UK’s most endangered habitats.

REPRIEVE

Reprieve was founded in 1999 by British human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, and provides free legal and investigative support to some of the world’s most vulnerable people: prisoners on death row and those victimised by counter-terror policies – rendition, torture, extrajudicial imprisonment and extrajudicial killing. Reprieve campaigns to raise awareness for human rights violations, investigates allegations of abuse by the authorities and challenges governments to protect the rights and safety of their citizens. It is currently working on behalf of more than 100 people facing the death penalty in 17 countries, ensuring that their trials are fair and just. We support Reprieve’s Stop Lethal Injection Project (SLIP), which helps pharmaceutical manufacturers, investors, and regulators prevent the misuse of medicines in executions, and debunk the myth of “humane execution”. Thanks to the SLIP, now all FDA-approved manufacturers of potential execution drugs have blocked their sale for this purpose, making it increasingly more difficult for states to carry out executions.

Great Dixter Charitable Trust

Great Dixter is a 15th century house in East Sussex that was the home of renowned gardener and author Christopher Lloyd. Today, it is managed by the Great Dixter Charitable Trust as a leading educational centre, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world. Great Dixter’s unique and dynamic gardening style sets an example of how gardens and the rich wildlife within them can, and must, coexist. The Trust is dedicated to maintaining the quality and atmosphere of Great Dixter, protecting the house and ensuring that the garden remains open to inspire visitors. The surrounding estate, with its meadows and ancient woodland, continues to be managed in the traditional manner to maximise biodiversity and sustainability.

The Refugee Council

The Refugee Council works directly with refugees from across the world, many having survived war, rape and torture and a long and dangerous journey to seek asylum in the UK. The charity provides refugees with practical and emotional support to help them rebuild their lives and play a full part in society. We support the Refugees Council’s Children Section, which works to safeguard and improve the lives of unaccompanied children seeking asylum. In 2016, more than 3,100 separated children arrived in the UK, alone and deeply traumatised. The Refugee Council responds to their complex needs with a range of specialist services, such as the Age Dispute Project which supports child refugees who are wrongly assessed as adults by the authorities. This project works to get these children released from adult detention centres and ensures they are given the care and support they are entitled to.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team (LMRT) was set up in the late 1960s by local climbers to help fellow climbers in difficulty in the mountains of Lochaber. At the request of the police, LMRT attend incidents in remote or inaccessible locations, where normal emergency services are unable to operate.

The team are all experienced and well-equipped volunteers – approximately forty men and women, aged from the early twenties to early sixties. They attend between 80 and 100 rescues a year, at all hours and in all weather conditions, with some rescue or search operations taking several days.

Rhodes Trust

First awarded in 1902, The Rhodes Scholarships is the oldest international scholarship programme. Each year, the Rhodes Trust selects 100 scholars from more than 60 countries to study at the University of Oxford. The programme brings together exceptional people in all fields of study, who want to lead positive change in the world. Our grant helps support two Rhodes scholars from Israel.

Torekov Coastal Guard

The Swedish Sea Rescue Society is a non-governmental organization, established in 1907. Today, it is responsible for 70% of all sea rescues in Sweden. The Society’s rescue stations are spread across the Swedish coast and on the country’s major lakes. They attend calls 24 hours a day. They are staffed by 2,000 volunteer crew members – doctors, fishermen, salesmen, farmers, plumbers, teachers and others – who live near the stations and undertake regular training.

We support the Torekov Coastal Guard in Southern Sweden. Our grants have helped the team to buy its 12-meter boat “Rescue Gripen”, and contributed to volunteer training and safety equipment.