Supporting local charities and community causes

About us

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Shanly Foundation aims to support causes that help individuals and benefit the local community, including support for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, the homeless, those with mental health issues and people with physical disabilities, injury or life limiting illness. Whilst the Foundation tends to make a large amount of awards across a wide spectrum, on occasion larger awards are granted where it is considered a greater impact can be achieved.

Financed entirely by the profits generated by the Shanly Group of companies, to date Shanly Group and Shanly Foundation have contributed in excess of £25m to support hundreds of local community groups and charitable organisations each year to provide financial assistance and improve the quality of life for those most in need across our communities. Its donations support a range of causes including those with physical disabilities, mental health issues, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and the homeless.

Applications can be made throughout the year (there is no application window). The board of trustees work hard to ensure as swift a decision making process as is possible, by meeting each month to consider applications.


Part of the Shanly Group of companies, Shanly Foundation is the Group’s charitable arm established by founder and owner, Michael Shanly.

Award recipients are determined not only by the Trustees of the Foundation but also by the staff of the Shanly Group of companies whose hard work makes all of this possible. Staff are invited to attend monthly meetings and are actively encouraged to introduce charities and organisations that are close to their hearts.

Other companies within the Group are Shanly Homes, Sorbon Estates and Shanly Partnership Homes specialising in commercial and residential property development, ownership and asset management across London and the South East.



Shanly Group of companies was established in 1969 by chairman and owner, Michael Shanly. Shanly Foundation was born out of the success of these companies and the vision of the Chairman to invest in the local communities. After many years of philanthropic donations, this support was formalised in 1997 through the creation of the Michael Shanly Charitable Trust which, in 2012, became Shanly Foundation.

In 2018, the trustees decided that to best fulfil the future objectives of the Foundation it would be more appropriate to operate through a different legal structure. On 13th July 2018, Shanly Foundation was incorporated as a private company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital and on 21st February 2019 the company was granted charitable status by the Charities Commission and given a new charity number which is 1182155. The objects and initial trustees of the new company are identical to the previous Shanly Foundation previously registered under charity number 1065044. As from 1st July 2019, the new structure became fully operational and the previous charity was then closed down. All commitments of the previous charity, no.1065044, were settled in full and the residual assets transferred to the new Shanly Foundation no.1182155.

The principal operating companies in the Group are:

Shanly Homes: an award-winning regional housebuilder with its main area of operation in the Homes Counties and Thames Valley regions. Well-established and award winning, the company has a commitment to building high specification, sustainable, architecturally innovative homes in desirable locations in the South East.

Sorbon Estates: a commercial property investment company specialising in acquiring, refurbishing, redeveloping and managing its retail, leisure, industrial, office and marina assets to maximise their potential.

Shanly Partnership Homes: awarded Register Provider status in 2012, the company delivers high quality, high specification new homes to the shared ownership market across the Home Counties. The rental aspect of these homes is managed by Sorbon Estates.