Elmley Foundation

Welcome to The Elmley Foundation

The Elmley Foundation is an independent grantmaking charity which supports the arts in the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The Foundation was endowed by the late Countess Beauchamp of Madresfield Court near Malvern. She was the Danish-born widow of the eighth and last Earl Beauchamp who was known as Viscount Elmley until he succeeded his father to the House of Lords in 1938.

The purpose of The Elmley Foundation is to continue the tradition of encouragement of all forms of the arts, crafts and design which has been associated with Madresfield Court over many generations. In doing so, the Foundation perpetuates Madresfield’s considerable influence on the cultural life of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The Foundation believes strongly in initiating ideas to fill gaps and generally develop the arts scene in the two counties.  To this end it founded Herefordshire and Worcestershire Arts Development Ltd and works closely with the trustees of this company who add to the Elmley Foundation's investment by attracting money from other sources to promote schemes.  The Foundation's independence is much valued by artists, arts organisations and the various statutory bodies involved and is consequently influential in cultural planning for the two counties.

Around £300,000 is spent each year in grants and on schemes initiated by the Trustees.

The Foundation runs two schemes, the Main programme and the Elmley Small Grants scheme.


This is an occasional series of conferences organised by the Foundation for the benefit of all arts and culture organisations in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Details of the most recent events can be found on the tabs on the left.