The Ashley Family Foundation

Grants are provided to support community museums, farms, gardens, schools and other charitable organisations in England and Wales with small-scale arts and community projects. The Foundation wants to use its funding to develop strong communities, social welfare and creative arts, with a particular emphasis on supporting rural communities.

There is no set limit on the amount that can be awarded; however, preference is given to requests that are below £10,000.

The Foundation favours revenue proposals over capital requests and focuses its funding on on supporting five main themes:

  • Wales – Half of its funding goes to projects in Wales and it continues to maintain strong links with communities in mid-Wales.
  • Rural – It is especially interested in projects that open up opportunity in areas where it might not otherwise exist and that help alleviate the isolation and other hardships that can affect rural communities.
  • Arts – It wants to help bring art to those people that it can help, and help those who will go on to bring art to the people. It supports organisations that provide a wide range of educational and creative activities, including applied arts and crafts, music, drama, and textiles. It also funds arts education with a focus on helping promising young Welsh talent.
  • Community – It is attracted to projects that bring people together, to help each other out and make their community a better, more joyful place. Support is available for a range of community and social welfare projects, including those focused on helping people who suffer from isolation, mental health problems and financial and/or social disadvantage.
  • Small charities – The Foundation has an affinity with small charities, the ones set up by people who are driven by love and kindness to help better the lives of those around them.

Click here for the funders website.