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Funding newsletter

October 2019

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation - Main Fund

In 2015 Esmee Fairburn spent £33m in grants and committed £6m in social investments to 307 organisations doing legally charitable work in the UK across the arts, children and young people, environment, food and social change sectors.

Our grants support organisations’ core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. We do not fund building or equipment costs, or individuals. 2015 grants ranged from £5k to £1.5m (median average £100,000), with support lasting 1 - 5 years (45% 3 years).

Funding so widely creates a lot of competition. In 2010 they received around 2900 eligible applications to the Main Fund and made 270 grants totalling £21.4m. The average grant size was £79,000.

To ensure that they can respond to so many requests, the application process is in two stages. They will acknowledge receipt of your first stage application within a week of receiving it and email you within a month to say whether they would like to take it to a second stage or decline to support it. If they invite you to proceed to the second stage, they may ask you for additional information in order to clarify and expand on what you have already told them. Further details on types of projects funded and exclusions are available from the website.

Application Form: Apply in writing with an outline proposal. Guidance is available to download from the website.

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.

Contact: Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Kings Place, 90, York Way, London N1 9AG

Tel: 020 7812 3700

Fax: 020 7812 3701