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Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
020 7812 3700

About us

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant makers and aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. This is done by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. Grants are available towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. 

There is also a Food strand which supports the important role food plays in wellbeing and a Finance Fund which invests in organisations that deliver both a financial return and a social benefit. 

The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. 

In 2013 we committed over £38.8 million to a very wide range of work.

We offer

We respond to need. As an independent funder, we can take risks on work which breaks new ground, deals with challenging and difficult issues, or needs a more unusual form of financial help such as a loan. We aim to encourage enterprising people and projects and always look to support work which is sustainable and responsibly planned. We also believe in stewardship - embracing the future while still valuing the past. The majority of our funding is through the Main Fund. The sectors that we support are: 

> Arts 
> Education and Learning 
> Environment 
> Social Change 

The Foundation funds work across the UK (or work where there is a clear primary benefit in the UK). 

Note: the Foundation does not fund work in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

We support

  • Avon
  • Money
  • Investment
  • Cornwall
  • Somerset


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