The Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

Ashden Trust

Grants for sustainable development in subjects that include renewable energy, climate change, and forest conservation

Principal Office: UK


The Ashden Trust is a grant-making charity focusing on climate change, sustainable development, and improving the quality of life in poorer communities. The Trust makes grants to organizations in the UK and in the developing world.

Among the several program areas of the Ashden Trust, the one of principal interest in the Terra Viva Grants Directory is “Sustainable Development International.”

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

1 — Sustainable Development International. Grants in this category focus on community-based renewable energy, forest conservation and management, and related efforts to slow climate change.

2 — Other Categories. Some of the Trust’s other grant-making categories support programs and projects that have an international reach, such as the Low Carbon Fund.

About grant-making categories


The Trust makes grants to registered charities and nonprofit organizations in the UK and in the developing countries in which it engages. Most grants are between £2 thousand and £30 thousand, with a few multi-year grants of larger size.

APPLICATION (for 1-2 preceding): The Trust clarifies that it has its own advisors to identify projects, and that it funds only a small number of unsolicited applications.

Grant seekers send a brief summary of a proposed project to the Trust. Ashden provides the required details of what to include in the summary. There are no calendar deadlines.

About how to apply

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries


Note: The Trust is not specific about regions, but most recent grant making in Sustainable Development International is for activities in Sub-Saharan Africa (especially East Africa) and Asia.


The Ashden Trust is among the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. is a separate charity. It is supported by the Ashden Trust.

Ashden’s Social Investment Fund offers loans, interest-free loans, and equity positions in organizations which meet the Trust’s charitable objectives.

The Trust’s annual reports include the details of approved grants.

Contact Us provides complete information.

Last Profile Review

November 2019