Grant maker

Esmee Fairbairn

www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk
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Who they support

UK charities and social enterprises with annual revenue >£50k in the following sectors: Arts, Children & Young People, Environment, Food, Social Change

Grant criteria

They do not fund capital costs or individual salaries or research. Grants <£60k for one-off projects

Grant details

£2k-£1.5m but usually over £50,000

Application procedure

Eligibility quiz on website


Grants made

Over the last five years they've made 1263 significant donations totalling £182,279,651

When Amount Grantee To be used for
30/11/2018 £19,990 Durham Community Action providing additional support to the innovative business-to-business local food hub, to cover the projected financial shortfall while the project moves towards becoming financially self-supporting.
30/11/2018 £165,000 Serious Trust Ltd Towards talent development programmes and progression routes for diverse musicians to grow sustainable careers in jazz and international music in the UK.
30/11/2018 £142,560 Playlist for Life Towards the salary of a Head of Operations to help scale the charity's work nationally and increase awareness of personlised playlists in helping people with dementia.
30/11/2018 £189,881 Scottish Refugee Council Towards unrestricted core costs supporting refugees in Scotland to access their rights, influence policy and practice and improve public attitudes towards refugees.
30/11/2018 £156,000 Grimm & Co Towards the costs of an operations manager to support the organisation to expand its programmes to reach the most vulnerable children in Rotherham.
30/11/2018 £186,000 Stand Alone Towards unrestricted core costs of an organisation that supports vulnerable young people who are estranged or disowned from their family to ensure they can more easily access education, finance and housing.
30/11/2018 £150,000 Children's Legal Centre (Wales) Towards the development of the Children’s Legal Centre Wales, providing reliable accessible information, advice and representation for children and young people in Wales.
30/11/2018 £105,000 Spread the Word Towards a talent development programme for emerging writers from backgrounds that are underrepresented within professional writing careers.
30/11/2018 £90,000 Theatr Clwyd Trust Towards the transfer of Darling, I'm Home to the West End, as part of our arts transfer facility.
30/11/2018 £88,500 Alchemy Film & Arts Towards a community engagement coordinator post and creative learning programme, providing opportunities for local people to get involved in community filmmaking and develop their skills and potential.
30/11/2018 £90,000 Articulate Cultural Trust Towards core costs including the salary of the engagement and empowerment co-ordinator to use creativity as a vehicle for supporting care experienced young people and enabling them to engage with and shape practice in the care system.
30/11/2018 £60,000 Centre for Justice Innovation Towards a programme that improves practice and roll out of youth arrest diversion schemes, and investigates whether BAME young people are equally supported through these schemes.
30/11/2018 £400,000 CAST Towards unrestricted core costs to build a co-ordinated approach to digital in the charitable sector, with charities better able to identify issues and opportunities and implement changes.
30/11/2018 £90,000 Artangel Trust Towards the continuation of a programme that supports the touring of Artangel's Collection.
30/11/2018 £40,000 Royal Society for Public Health Towards the development costs of a new type of social investment fund focused on Birmingham.
30/11/2018 £120,000 Karma Nirvana Towards unrestricted core costs to tackle honour based abuse and forced marriage by supporting survivors, professionals and influencing policy and practice.
30/11/2018 £121,837 Fylde Coast Women's Aid Towards the Stalking and Harassment Project, supporting victims in the North West of England and influencing wider change both locally and nationally
31/10/2018 £280,000 The Open University Towards core costs of the Floodplain Meadow Partnership to further interest and protection of floodplain meadows and to better understand their role as a natural flood defence and other benefits.
31/10/2018 £40,000 The Involve Foundation Towards the costs of a programme that promotes the merits of stronger participative democracy in the form of citizen juries and assemblies.
31/10/2018 £300,000 Refugee Action Towards systemic change and improvements for people seeking asylum by strengthening local organisations, sharing innovations and securing changes in government policy.
31/10/2018 £400,000 Comic Relief Towards a joint funding programme Tech Vs Abuse which supports organisations tackling violence against women and girls to develop tech solutions.
31/10/2018 £300,000 British Trust for Ornithology Towards core costs as the organisation implements a more progressive way of working, supporting the wider conservation sector and taking on greater responsibility for tracking UK seabirds.
31/10/2018 £148,500 Staffordshire Wildlife Trust An investment in the purchase of Gun Hill, a moorland habitat, as part of our land purchase facility
31/10/2018 £331,752 Wildlife and Countryside Link Towards the cost of key staff to establish consensus amongst the environment NGO community in England, delivering effective, collaborative campaigns and influencing policy
31/10/2018 £360,000 Drive Forward Foundation Towards the core costs of an organisation that works to support care leavers into sustained employment.
31/10/2018 £300,000 Sustainable Food Trust Towards the costs associated with work that will inform and support the transition to more sustainable forms of agriculture.
31/10/2018 £328,362 PAUSE Towards core costs to develop a post ‘Pause’ support for women who have had children removed and taken into care and to ensure that their voices are heard in shaping the systems they encounter.
31/10/2018 £12,274 Community Catalysts CIC Towards the costs of the design and development phase of the Embracing Ageing project which takes a place-based approach to the issues of an ageing society.
31/10/2018 £240,000 Marine Conservation Society Towards the salary and other costs of the Chief Executive during the first phase of a new strategy to place the organisation at the centre of conservation efforts to restore UK seas.
31/10/2018 £60,000 Age UK Gloucestershire Towards the Community Activators, Community Conversers project - increasing conversations with older people in their neighbourhoods and establishing new well-being opportunities
31/10/2018 £302,224 Church Action on Poverty Towards continuation funding for the End Hunger UK campaign - bringing together a coalition of partners to tackle food poverty in the UK
31/10/2018 £100,000 Association of Chairs Towards core costs to deepen and extend support for Chairs, develop the organisation’s membership and built its sustainability
30/09/2018 £20,000 Arts & Business NI Towards project costs for developing financial resilience of arts organisations in Northern Ireland.
30/09/2018 £183,000 The Civic, Barnsley Towards the costs of a community engagement programme to develop new audiences.
30/09/2018 £60,000 Leith Community Crops in Pots towards the continued development the Crops in Pots food growing social enterprise in Leith during a period of change and development of new capital assets.
30/09/2018 £58,883 Oily Cart Company Ltd Towards artistic and strategic transition costs for creative work with children with profound and multiple learning disabilities nationally.
30/09/2018 £150,000 The Trent River Trust Towards core costs to continue The River Starts Here to improve the water quality of brooks and engage communities and local business in their care.
30/09/2018 £166,395 PhotoVoice Towards the costs of a participatory photography project, enabling young people to share their experiences to influence the design of services.
30/09/2018 £90,000 Fuel Productions Ltd. An investment in the transfer of Barbershop Chronicles to the Roundhouse, as part of our arts transfer facility.
30/09/2018 £99,000 Little Ouse Headwaters Project Towards the restoration and expansion of a continuous corridor of fen along the Little Ouse for people and wildlife
30/09/2018 £60,000 Battersea Arts Centre Towards the work of Artistic Directors of the Future, specifically the salary of a new general manager, plus funding towards the Up Next leadership programme.
30/09/2018 £135,944 Credu Connecting Carers Towards a programme that supports young carers in rural settings using a coaching approach and sharing best practice across Wales.
30/09/2018 £143,000 Law Centres Network Towards the Head of Policy, who will deliver access to justice policy work and lead the development of LCN's external relations and advocacy work.
30/09/2018 £60,000 Knowle West Media Centre Towards core costs to underpin a programme of work which will involve local people in creating change through engagement in arts and digital media technology.
30/09/2018 £120,000 Collective Encounters Towards the costs of a Centre for Excellence in Participatory theatre, comprising a training programme for adults experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and a national network of small to medium-sized arts organisations.
30/09/2018 £120,000 Opera North Limited Towards a new scheme to engage disadvantaged communities in Leeds with the arts through a cross-city network of cultural organisations.
31/08/2018 £58,500 Toonspeak Young People's Theatre Ltd. Towards a Progression Programme for talented young people from disadvantaged areas including placements, mentoring and qualifications within the arts and creative industries.
31/08/2018 £300,000 Coram Towards the work of the Coram Centre for Impact, seeking to improve national practice in children's social care.
31/08/2018 £150,000 West London Zone Towards the expansion of a children's zone, improving outcomes for children through collective impact, and aiming to transform a community in the long-term.
31/08/2018 £200,000 Pesticide Action Network UK Towards unrestricted support to further PAN UK's work on reducing pesticide use and eliminating the most harmful by influencing councils, supermarkets and other stakeholders.
31/08/2018 £178,865 DaDa Fest Towards a professional development programme for emerging disabled and D/deaf artists.
31/08/2018 £600,000 Leap Confronting Conflict (Leap) Towards unrestricted core costs to deepen impact for young people experiencing conflict in their lives, developing partnerships to deliver collective outcomes and influencing policy and practice to stimulate system change.
31/08/2018 £154,500 Writing On The Wall Towards core costs to support the organisation’s work developing literature and literacy with diverse communities in Liverpool.
31/08/2018 £233,651 The Lancashire Wildlife Trust Towards core costs to inspire people about nature in Manchester, encourage involvement and bring a focus on nature in the development of a new strategic plan for the city
31/08/2018 £250,000 Fight For Peace Towards unrestricted core costs to address rising levels of youth violence in London and offer young people support to reengage with education and employment.
31/08/2018 £500,000 Sustain Towards core revenue support that will enable Sustain to take forward its key strategic aims over the next five years.
31/08/2018 £200,000 Surfers Against Sewage Towards Plastic Free Communities, an initiative designed to unite and empower individuals, businesses, local government and community groups to reducing their collective plastic footprint.
31/08/2018 £280,000 Julie's Bicycle Towards the unrestricted core costs of an organisation expanding its work with the cultural sector to develop and implement policy for reducing environmental impacts.
31/08/2018 £240,000 National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain Towards NYO Inspire, a targeted programme of orchestral activity for advanced musicians in areas of greatest need.
31/08/2018 £60,000 The National Youth Jazz Orchestra Towards the development of seven regional partner academies around England offering jazz education to young people.
31/08/2018 £60,000 An Lanntair Towards an artist development scheme for isolated rural island communities.
31/08/2018 £500,000 Froglife Towards unrestricted core costs to benefit amphibians and reptiles through better understanding, transforming landscapes and building Froglife's track record of enabling people to engage with nature.
31/08/2018 £300,000 Adfam National Towards Adfam's national development work to support families, practitioners and commissioners in each region.
31/08/2018 £48,000 Ulster Orchestra Towards the Crescendo programme, working with disadvantaged communities and children in north and west Belfast.
31/08/2018 £260,000 Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) Towards unrestricted core costs to consolidate a new model of support for aspiring and early career directors who face barriers to engagement with the theatre sector.
31/08/2018 £60,000 Street Teams Towards developing and delivering innovative responses to issues facing children and young people experiencing all forms of exploitation and grooming.
31/08/2018 £220,000 Whitworth Art Gallery Towards the costs of the cultural park keeper programme, bringing communities together through nature and creativity and strengthening other organisations to work on creative environmental projects.
31/08/2018 £107,260 Stay Up Late Towards work to challenge inflexible support systems that restrict the lives of people with learning disabilities.
31/08/2018 £600,000 Local Trust Towards Creative Civic Change, a new programme which will enable people to use arts and creativity to make positive changes in their community.
31/07/2018 £150,000 Family Action Towards the organisation's specialist education service to improve education experience and outcomes for adopted and permanently placed children.
31/07/2018 £130,303 Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) Towards core costs, including contributions to the salaries of the director and research officer, to support work to end the exploitation of women in high risk labour sectors.
31/07/2018 £146,245 The Big House Theatre Company Towards the salary of the finance and operations director to support an expansion of the organisation’s artistic provision with care experienced young people.
31/07/2018 £150,000 Islington Law Centre (The Migrants' Law Project) Towards the Migrants Law Project (MLP) which promotes fair treatment and access to justice for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the UK through the use of public law.
31/07/2018 £15,000 Shift Foundation Towards the early scoping work for a larger project intended to lead to principles and design tools to help charitable and statutory institutions foster deeper and more sustainable relationships within communities.
31/07/2018 £181,514 Migrant Voice Towards the salary of the Chief Executive and a Meet a Migrant Project Worker to lead on work giving voice to migrants and refugees to reduce media bias.
31/07/2018 £20,000 YoungDementia UK Towards the national development manager and additional costs to expand the organisation’s support to people affected by young-onset dementia across the UK.
31/07/2018 £199,928 Basis Yorkshire Ltd Towards work supporting sex workers and young people who have been, or are at risk of sexual exploitation, ensuring their voices are heard and can influence policy and practice.
31/07/2018 £975,000 Woodland Trust An investment towards the purchase of Ausewell Woods, Devon via our land purchase facility.
31/07/2018 £60,000 HERe NI Towards work to support lesbian and bi-sexual women in Northern Ireland and influence policy and practice to protect their rights and increase their visibility.
31/07/2018 £90,680 The Belgrade Theatre Trust (Coventry) Ltd Towards the continuation of the Arts Gymnasium programme which engages older people and those with dementia in creative activity.
31/07/2018 £95,782 Cranstoun Towards the salary of a development manager to extend and evolve the Men and Masculinities programme, a combined support service for perpetrators of domestic abuse with substance misuse issues, and their partners.
31/07/2018 £120,000 Equally Ours Towards continuation funding to strengthen EDF's capacity to co-ordinate the equalities and rights sector and support policy makers to improve practice
31/07/2018 £200,000 Migration Museum Project Towards unrestricted core costs to support the ongoing work of the Museum and the establishment of a permanent Migration Museum for Britain.
31/07/2018 £149,518 Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (Rugby) Towards the costs of expanding a successful social-prescribing scheme that has supported the wellbeing of people in Rugby and Nuneaton to further areas of Warwickshire.
31/07/2018 £135,000 Freedom from Torture Towards the development of Survivors Speak Out (SSO), Freedom from Torture’s survivors’ advocacy and policy influencing network.
30/06/2018 £20,000 Barrow Cadbury Trust Towards the cost of a secretariat for Funders for Racial Equality and its sister network CORE, the overall aim being to deliver change in individual foundation practice and in relationships between foundations and the race equality sector.
30/06/2018 £120,000 Royal Collection Trust Towards a learning programme to enhance and increase the impact of nationwide exhibitions of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.
30/06/2018 £18,000 Chance Glassworks Heritage Trust Towards the salary of the Chance Glassworks HT Project Co-ordinator to conserve the heritage and develop the site for the economic, environmental and social benefit of the local area.
30/06/2018 £312,330 The National Forest Company Towards salaries and additional costs of the community management woodland officer and the woodland economy development officer to establish a model of largescale woodland driven regeneration to benefit communities.
30/06/2018 £250,000 Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust Towards creating a network for nature in Sheffield and Rotherham which communities feel ownership of and to strengthen the organisation for the future.
30/06/2018 £370,383 NWG Network Towards core costs including the salaries of the chief operating officer and the network coordinator to support organisations and frontline workers tackling child sexual exploitation.
30/06/2018 £92,835 Staf (Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum) Towards project costs to support the development of a benchmarking tool for relationship based practice with care leavers.
30/06/2018 £165,000 Northern Ireland Environment Link Towards core funding to help drive environmental policy in Northern Ireland
30/06/2018 £59,870 Sherman Cymru Towards a programme introducing young people from low income backgrounds to playwriting and promoting diversity and access to artistic engagement across Cardiff and South Wales.
30/06/2018 £45,000 Moving on Music Towards a professional development programme for musicians and composers in Northern Ireland.
30/06/2018 £600,000 Resonance Towards core costs to enable new social investment products aimed at tackling critical social issues and to stimulate and catalyse the growth of community-owned organisations.
30/06/2018 £771,417 Scottish Wildlife Trust Towards Living Seas work in Scottish waters to include community engagement, advocacy and fisheries work.
30/06/2018 £150,000 Borders Forest Trust Towards the salary and other costs of the chief executive and the programmes manager to restore and create biodiverse habitats in southern Scotland and to strengthen the organisation.
30/06/2018 £29,950 New Philanthropy Capital Towards updating, publication and dissemination of impact practice resources on theory of change and measurement frameworks, to be freely available to small and medium charities.
30/06/2018 £339,575 Farnham Maltings Association Ltd Towards a programme that tests and creates new theatre in new places and forms, created with and for working-class and marginalised communities.
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