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IMPORTANT INFORMATION is posted on this page outlining forthcoming changes to the Trust.

Only UK registered charities are eligible to apply for grants for work in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.


Important changes at The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust is to make significant changes to its grant making to ensure a longer term future.

The current on-line application process will close to new applicants at the end of January 2015 with the final grants under the current system being made in March 2015.

From April 2015, the Trust will take a period of several months to reassess its priorities and systems, during which time no grants will be made. Further information will follow later in 2015 but it is anticipated that, when the Trust starts to make grants again, the total value of grants made will be reduced and the decision making process will be significantly altered.

The Trustees and Director are aware that the forthcoming changes may be a disappointment to some potential applicants, but it is our intention to continue to make a contribution to the excellent work being done by charitable organisations both for UK and overseas beneficiaries in a sustainable and flexible manner. It remains our mission to help our beneficiary charities deliver solutions that work.

If you need further information about these changes, please contact the Trust on

info@sylvia-adams.org.uk or by calling 01707 259259

About Us

Who was Sylvia Adams?

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 was founded in 1996 in line with her stated wishes, and with the money from the sale of her personal collection of antiques and works of art.

The Trust has already distributed over £11million in grants to a wide variety of organisations in Hertfordshire, in the UK and overseas.

We are a registered charity, number 1050678