Esmee Fairbairn


What we fund
We fund across five main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment, Food and Social Change.
Across all our funding we aim to unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build
collective networks and catalyse system change.
We offer three types of support: grants, social investments and Grants Plus. This guidance is for grant applicants.
There is separate guidance for social investments, our young people leaving care funding stream, and mergers on
our website.
Our grants support organisations’ core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. We do not fund
building or equipment costs, or individuals. 2016 grants ranged from £5k to £3.9m (median average £96,000),
with support lasting 1 – 5 years (47% were for 3 years).

Our priorities

• Art with a social impact
• Supporting emerging talent
• Organisations at a pivotal point

Children and Young People
• Improving support for disadvantaged children and young people
• The rights of vulnerable children and young people
• Addressing the root causes of low educational attainment and challenging behaviour
• Empowering young leaders
• Young people leaving care

• Connecting people with nature and environment issues
• Nature conservation on land and at sea
• Countering the effects of damaging activity
• Lesser known plants, animals and organisms

Social Change
• Participation – marginalised and excluded individuals and groups
• Place – revitalising community life
• Injustice – systemic change around injustice and inequality

• Innovation in alternative approaches
• Food and wellbeing
• Working towards a more coherent food sector

We have a two stage application process:
1st stage: apply online. We acknowledge by email within a week and decide whether to take it further within
a month.
2nd stage: answer a set of questions from a Grants or Social Investment Manager. We make a decision in 2
– 4 months.
There are no deadlines or restrictions on re-applying – you can apply at any time.

Please click here for the website.


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