The Ashley Family Foundation

The Ashley Family Foundation (formerly The Laura Ashley Foundation) is a UK registered charity, founded by Sir Bernard Ashley and his wife Laura Ashley following the success of the Laura Ashley brand. The Community Foundation in Wales is proud to be working with The Ashley Family Foundation to distribute its funding in Wales.

The ethos of The Ashley Family Foundation is primarily to strengthen rural communities, both in terms of the social and environmental aspects alongside giving back to the communities that helped the family develop the company into an international success. It is especially keen to fund work in rural Mid Wales, where the ‘Laura Ashley’ company had a significant impact upon the local economy and the social well-being of its people with increased employment opportunity and the valued team spirit of the workforce. Alongside this, The Ashley Family Foundation is interested in receiving applications for small scale arts and community projects that encourage participation in the arts in all its forms.

As a guide The Foundation, for the past few years, has had a policy of giving half their funds to Welsh projects. They are keen to fund good small scale arts and community projects in England and Wales and welcome proposals from community museums/organisations and secondary schools for funding for arts subjects

Applications for project/revenue costs are favoured over capital costs.

You are encouraged to call us before applying – 029 2037 9580.

Applications are considered at three points throughout the year, usually March, June and October. Applications are accepted all year round, with applications received close to a Board Meeting considered at the next available meeting. eg. Applications received within 4/6 weeks prior to the June meeting are likely to be considered at the October meeting unless there are special circumstances which have been communicated.


Applications should be made directly through The Ashley Family Foundation website.

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