Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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28/09/2016 - Ongoing

Should you pitch to this grant-maker?


We are interested in:

Sport & Play

Parks & Gardens

Arts & Culture


Food & Farming

Streets & Infrastructure

That will impact:

Helped the environment

Increased volunteering, jobs & education

Supported arts, culture & heritage

Promoted activity & leisure

In the following areas:

United Kingdom

Esmée Fairbairn Community Fund - Individuals

Supporting new ideas for creating more vibrant local communities.

Projects we're interested in funding

Please note that we particurily interested in supporting:

  • Projects from less affluent communities - we only pledge to projects in areas where there is considerable need
  • Projects which can demonstrate long term impact - we rarely pledge to events for this reason

We want to fund work that brings communities together and has a lasting impact on the local area and local people. We are open-minded about the type of projects that pitch to our fund but we need to see genuine support and demand from the community. This can be demonstrated in number of pledges made, support on the project page, social media or the number of people engaged in the project. We are particularly interested in supporting projects from less affluent communities where the project helps to provide spaces and opportunities for the community to come together. Examples could be opportunities to develop new skills, improve well-being, increase green space, engage with arts and culture or for different groups in the community to meet (such as older and younger people).

The outcomes of our fund

New friendships blossom, more vibrant places for people to meet and live, a greater sense of local pride, more connections between people, less isolation, people feel safer and more supported, people feel their voices are heard.

Top Tips when pitching to our fund

1) Explain clearly how your project will have a long-lasting impact in the community after the project has been delivered. For example, will members of the community have more opportunities to engage with arts and culture beyond the duration of the project? 2) Explain how your project will have a positive impact on members of the community not directly involved in the project. For example, if new skills are developed will they be shared with other extended members of the community?