Grant maker

Esmee Fairbairn
(Registered Charity No: 200051)
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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


Application procedure

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Grants made

Over the last five years they've made 1442 significant donations totalling £210,383,115

When Amount Grantee To be used for
30/11/2018 £133,575 Operation Black Vote Towards core funding to support the organisation to address persistent race inequality.
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 £96,000 Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment Towards the Broadway Initiative as it seeks to influence all parts of Government in the drafting and adoption of an ambitious Environment Bill, developing proposals and demonstrating support from industry and NGOs.
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 £80,000 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 £59,199 Iona Energy Ltd Towards the development costs of the Iona heat network.
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 £2,000,000 Social and Sustainable Capital An investment in a fund to enable charities and social enterprises to access housing under a low-risk model
31/10/2018 £40,000 Civil Exchange Towards continuation funding for the costs of "Better Way", an initiative to convene leaders in the voluntary sector to generate new thinking on the future for charitable activity.
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 £215,186 Growing Communities Towards developing the Better Food Traders brand, increasing the profile of traders selling sustainably produced goods, expanding the network; improving standards and providing an evidence base to increase reach to consumers and policymakers.
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 £35,200 Social Enterprise UK towards shared work with Investing for Good to develop an open data standard around social investment
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 £59,520 Create Studios CIC Towards a two-year digital media talent development programme for young graduates from diverse backgrounds, returning to Swindon.
30/09/2018 £20,000 Triodos Bank Towards the feasibility work on investable natural capital models.
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.
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