Anti-fraud policy

The Ashfords Foundation expects the highest standards of honesty and integrity among its staff, trustees, and grant applicants.

Accordingly:

  • In all matters to do with grant awards, payments and grants management, we expect all information provided by applicants to be given in good faith, with due care and attention and, to the best of the applicant’s knowledge, to be accurate.

  • We reserve the right to speak to other grant making trusts, other funders and other relevant parties in carrying out our due diligence on grant applications before awarding a grant. We also reserve the right to share relevant information in our possession with other funders subject to current data protection legislation. 

  • If we discover that any information has been provided fraudulently or not in good faith, we are likely to refuse to award any grant, or, where a grant has already been awarded, to cancel it and require that funds are returned.

  • If we consider there is sufficient evidence that we have been the subject of a fraud or attempted fraud, we will report the fraud to the appropriate authorities, including the police and the Charity Commission.

  • If any fraud or any related criminal activity is discovered, we will work with the relevant authorities to investigate the incident and to pursue prosecution. In addition, we reserve the right to seek civil recovery of any funds that have not been used for the stated purposes as well as our reasonable costs incurred in our seeking recovery of such funds.

  • We do not tolerate any form of fraud, corruption or bribery and will therefore take appropriate action against any employee, trustee, grant applicant or other external party or person engaged in any such practices whether in a direct attempt to influence the outcome of a grant award or to obtain other favourable treatment.

  • We expect any member of staff, trustee or external party or person to advise us if they are aware or suspect that someone might be stealing from, defrauding or attempting to use inappropriate influence with the Ashfords Foundation or is misusing any grant that we have awarded.