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Laura Ashley Foundation

How to Apply

Applications to the Ashley Family Foundation are now made online.  We encourage all applicants to read our Grants criteria on the Funding Page and to speak to us before applying.  We are happy to answer any queries you may have to help you make sure your project is eligible.

There will be three funding rounds for 2018; March, June and October. Applications are accepted all year round. Any applications submitted since 1st February 2018 will be considered in the Summer of 2018.

After you submit your completed application online, you will be notified of when your application will be considered.  You may be contacted or visited after this time as part of our assessment process.   The application form is HERE.

Please note that you can save and resume your application for up to 30 days.  If you have not submitted you application after 30 days of activating your link you will lose your information.  Please also note that the form is not 100% compatible with Tablet devices or smart phones and is best completed on a PC or laptop computer.

If you have any access requirements and need an application form in a different format, please contact us and we would be happy to help.

Who can apply?

The Foundation will consider requests from the following organisations: Charities, Unincorporated organisations and community groups with a constitution or terms of reference and a charitable purpose

We will consider requests for: core funding, including salaries and overheads.

Although we have no set limit to the amount that can be awarded we do favour requests that are below £10,000. Funding is awarded on the context of the project and awards of £500 can make a difference to some recipients.

Please contact us if you have any queries before submitting your request.

Support is provided for projects that fit with the family ethos of protecting rural communities and encouraging participation in the arts, particularly that of textiles, in England and Wales.


The Foundation awards grants to projects that fit with the family ethos of protecting rural communities and encouraging participation in the arts, particularly that of textiles, and it is keen to fund good small scale arts projects in England and Wales.

The current policy is to favour revenue proposals over capital requests; this can include requests for core funding, including salaries and overheads.

For restrictions: please check the website directly.

The Foundation operates a two-stage application process. Prospective applicants should submit a one-page summary of their request, by email or post, which should contain:

  • An outline of the group who are applying for the funds
  • An outline of the specific project for which funding is required
  • A breakdown of the financial element of the total project costs

Successful applicants will be sent a full application form to complete for consideration at the next available Trustee’s meeting. Trustee’s meetings are usually held in October, February/March and May/June.

Contact the Laura Ashley Foundation for further information:

Wendy Abel
The Ashley Family Foundation
Ladywell House
SY16 1JB

Telephone: 01686 610648

The office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Telephone: (01686) 610 648

Please note: Basingstoke Voluntary Action work closely with the local community to raise awareness of grants and also assist with advice and guidance on applications etc. If you apply for this or any other grant, please let us know via email to enable us to understand what is being applied for. Also, if you are in fact successful in receipt of any grant please let us know to enable reporting of such funding locally.


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