Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Published date: 
Sunday, 28th June 2020

Aims/priorities: The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people living throughout the UK and takes pride in supporting work that might otherwise be considered difficult to fund.  The Foundation offers grants across the following range of priority areas:

  • The arts
  • Children and young people
  • The environment
  • Food
  • Social change

Funding can be used for core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads.

Who can apply? Charities and not-for-profit organisations with a regular annual turnover of at least £50,000, that are properly constituted and involved in legally charitable work in the UK.

Grant amount: The Foundation does not set limits and makes grants across a fairly wide spectrum of sizes. Small grants of £60,000 or less are also available for one-off projects, or for testing out new ideas and collaborations (general running costs are not supported at this scale).

Application process: The Foundation operates a two-stage application process:

  • First-stage application forms are available to complete online at the Foundation's website.
  • Successful applicants will then be invited to complete a second-stage application form.

Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time.

Contact information: Tel: 020 7812 3700 Email:

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