Guidance notes for applicants

Our Supporting Communities programme supports smaller charities and community organisations working at grassroots level with one-off small grants.

These guidance notes are for our Supporting Communities programme only. They outline the type of organisations we are looking to fund and aim to help you decide whether you are eligible to apply for a grant.

Who can apply?

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations with an income less than £200,000 that are working with communities in the areas in which the partners and employees of Ashfords live and work. Ashfords has offices in Bristol, Exeter, London, Plymouth, Taunton and Tiverton.

Please note:
1) If your organisation is not a registered charity, your application will need to explain how you would use our funding for charitable purposes. 
2) In exceptional cases we will consider applications from registered charities and not-for-profit organisations with an income greater than £200,000 but less than £300,000. 

What you can apply for

We award grants of up to £750 only. 

Your application should include, so far as possible, a breakdown of what you will use the grant for - whether for the purchase of equipment, payment of training course etc.  

We are looking to fund specific expenditure that you would otherwise find difficult to meet. 

When can you apply?

Applications can be submitted at any time. There are no deadlines.

We assess applications as they are received. It will take up to three months from submission for you to hear the outcome, although you will know within six weeks if your application is going forward to be considered.


We do not accept applications from organisations which have:

  • Unrestricted reserves in excess of the organisation's reserves policy
  • An annual income above £200,000 (other than in exceptional circumstances where the limit is £300,000)
  • Applied to us unsuccessfully within the previous 12 months

We will not support

  • Work that is not legally charitable
  • Work that has already taken place
  • Ongoing running costs
  • Contributions towards fundraising appeals
  • One-off holidays, overseas travel or events (such as festivals, conferences, exhibitions and community events)
  • Pressure groups or campaigning organisations
  • Animal charities
  • Friends of associations
  • Religious promotion
  • Research grants
  • Repayment of loans


Read our Guidelines for the Supporting Communities Programme carefully to make sure you are eligible to apply.

If you have any problems, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website.

Once you are happy that your organisation and the project you are seeking funding for is eligible, follow the Make an Application link on the Supporting Communities page of our website. 

Please remember to save and attach your form before you submit it to the Ashfords Foundation team.

After successful submission, you will receive an automatic email acknowledging your application. If you have not heard from us by email after two weeks, please contact us at to check whether your application has arrived.

Applications must be made using our application form and submitted online. Only completed online applications will be considered. Please do not email or post ad hoc funding requests.

Useful Information

Each application is considered on its own merits, but demand for our grants is very high and always exceeds the budget available. We cannot guarantee that every application will be successful. Decisions are made on a first come first, first served basis until funds are spent.

Please also note that if your organisation applies for a grant and is declined, you will need to wait until the next calendar year before being eligible to apply again.

You must be able to demonstrate that your organisation has a financial need for support.

If a grant is awarded, you must submit a report at the end of your grant. If a report is not submitted, we will not be able to consider further requests for funding.