Ashden Trust: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Ashden Trust supports organizations improving the quality of life in poor communities by focusing on sustainable development.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks organizations concerned with alleviating poverty and fostering sustainable development projects and programs at the same time.

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 global development grants support “[p]rojects which address the issues from a number of different perspectives and simultaneously help to alleviate poverty and support sustainable community development.”  Botanic Gardens Conservation International is a past Ashden grantee. The organization was awarded a grant for its reforestation and plantation projects and programs providing training and employment opportunities for local people. The Original Beans Company is also an Ashden grantee, having received funding to help smallholder farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo grow high-quality organic cacao. To learn more about the trust’s grantees, download its Annual Reports.

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

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