Marsh Christian Trust
The Trust specializes in providing small annual grants to charities to pay for running costs and in running a range of Award schemes, the Marsh Awards, intended to reward the work of volunteers and charity workers.
The Trust's founder Brian Marsh was appointed an OBE for services to business and charity in the 2005 New Year Honours.
The Marsh Awards are given in the areas of conservation, science, the arts, heritage, literature and volunteering. As of 2015, over 70 different types of Awards are made. The awards given include:
- Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, a literary prize awarded biennially in the United Kingdom since 1996 to the translator of an outstanding work of fiction for young readers translated into English. It is awarded in partnership with the English Speaking Union.
- Marsh Biography Award, established in 1987 and is presented biennially, in partnership with the English Speaking Union.
- The Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture is presented annually, in partnership with the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association.
- Marsh Ecology Award, awarded annually since 1996 for outstanding recent discoveries or developments having a significant impact on the development of the science of ecology or its application. The Award is an honorarium of £1,000 and is open to ecologists from anywhere in the world. The award is given in cooperation with the British Ecological Society.
- The Marsh Award for Ornithology, in conjunction with the British Trust for Ornithology. Also the BTO Marsh Local Ornithology Award and, from 2012, the Marsh Award for Innovative Ornithology.
- The Marsh Award for Conservation Biology run in partnership with the Zoological Society of London recognises an individual for his or her "contributions of fundamental science to the conservation of animal species and habitats".