Until April 2017, the Trust is undertaking a review of its work over the last 26 years and is not inviting any grant applications.
Ashden.org is a separate charity and continues to operate fully.
Social Investment Fund
What do we support?
We will support charitable activities through loans, interest free loans and in some cases an equity stake in organisations which meet the charitable objectives of the Trust. Currently, priority is given to Ashden Award winners.
What kind of projects have we provided loans to?
In previous years we have made an interest free loan of £100,000 to Tropical
Wholefoods, a fair trade company which purchases dried fruit and vegetables from
small scale producers in the developing world. It builds partnerships with small
businesses in Africa and Asia to provide them with improved access to expertise
A loan guarantee to support organic fruit farmers in the Himalayas to expand
their development into the organic juice market.
A loan towards initial development activity to examine the case for a type of equity
investment to expand EcoTeams from 4,000 to 20,000 households.