Esmée Fairbairn Foundation – Main Grants

Grants are available to organisations doing legally charitable work in the UK that focuses on the Foundation’s funding priorities in the arts, children and young people, the environment, food or social change.

Applicants should apply for the amount that they need. The Foundation does not set limits and makes grants across a fairly wide spectrum of sizes. Grants range from £5,000 to £1.5 million with the median average grant being £100,000 with the support lasting from one to five years.

The Foundation rarely makes grants that are smaller than £5,000 and it makes only a small number of grants in excess of £500,000. It is unusual for the Foundation to give a grant of this size or larger to an organisation with which it does not already have a relationship.

Applicants should first complete the online eligibility quiz and read the guidance notes which can be found on the Foundation’s website.

The Foundation operates a two stage application process:

  1. First Stage application forms are available to complete online at the Foundation’s website.
  2. Successful applicants will then be invited to complete a Second Stage application form.

To contact the foundation telephone 020 7812 3700 or email or see their website at

For expert help with grant or other funding applications contact Blue Key CIC on or 07910 360624.

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