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Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – Main Fund Grants (UK)

The Foundation funds across five main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment, Food and Social Change. Across all funding they aim to unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change.

Grants last 1-5 years and support organisations’ core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. They do not fund building or equipment costs, or individuals. They make small grants of up to £60,000 for one-off projects, or for testing out new ideas and collaborations – they do not support general running costs at this scale.

The sectors:

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

No deadline.

Read more and apply here.