Ashden Trust: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Ashden Trust aims to improve the quality of life in poor communities by focusing on sustainable development and climate change.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks organizations with long-term solutions to entrenched climate change challenges.

PROFILE: Established in 1989, the Ashden Trust is a member of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Ashden’s grantmaking is dedicated to supporting “[p]rograms focusing on climate change, sustainable development or improving the quality of life in poorer communities.” The trust’s current specific areas of focus include international sustainable development, UK sustainable development, sustainable regeneration, people at risk, arts and sustainability, social investments and energy efficiency.   

The Ashden Trust’s climate change interests are broad and include matters such as reforestation, energy efficient cookstoves, green finance, cultural shifts to low carbon lifestyles and reducing carbon emissions. Through its Low Carbon Fund grantmaking, Ashden seeks to “[p]revent a rise in global temperatures above two degrees Celsius,” within the next five years.

Although the trust awards grants in the $50,000 to $100,000 range, the majority of awards range from around $5,000 to $50,000. Climate change organizations receiving funding from Ashden in the past include the Energy and Climate Information Network, which was awarded a grant rebutting inaccurate climate change stories reported in the media and Fossil Free Netherlands, which received a grant for its campaign for divestment from fossil fuels. To learn more about Ashden grantees, download its Annual Reports.

The Ashden Trust does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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