Ashden Trust: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Ashden Trust’s conservation related grantmaking focuses on the critical role forests play on the planet’s weather and supports organizations concerned with the “rapid destruction” of the world’s forestlands.

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

PROFILE: Established in 1989, the Ashden Trust is a member of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Ashden’s conservation related grantmaking “[r]ecognizes the vital role that forests play in not only sequestering and storing carbon but also in the provision of ecosystem services that regulate the planet’s weather.” Ashden awards grants to “[p]rojects which address the issues from a number of perspectives and simultaneously help to alleviate poverty and support sustainable community development.” 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 awards grants in the $50,000 to $100,000 range; however, the majority of awards range from around $5,000 to $50,000. Past environmental conservation grantees include Botanic Gardens Conservation International, which received funding for its nursery development for endangered tropical tree species in Africa, as well as, various reforestation and plantation projects; and Original Beans Company, which received funding to grow high quality organic cacao as an understory species in the buffer zone of Virunga National Park. To learn more about Ashden grantees, download its Annual Reports.

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

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