In March 2015 we published our new five year Funding Strategy.
Esmée does not fund according to programmes or prescriptive criteria. We are driven by our aims. Each is effective individually. Together, over time, they can combine to build powerful impact. This is our 'theory of change'.
Reveal the unseen and champion the unpopular
We support people to address difficult issues which are not well known or understood. Where a combination of complex problems, silence or social pressure might lead to prejudice and stigma. Or where the importance of the work might be overlooked because it is niche, specialised or technical.
Example funding: Circles South East, Ice and Fire, Inquest, The Irene Taylor Trust ‘Music in Prisons’, Female Genital Mutilation Initiative, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew's 'Lost & Found Fungi Project', Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Standing Committee for Youth Justice
Strengthen and connect communities for change
We believe that communities working together with partner organisations or social movements can make more of a difference to people’s lives. We support creative or unexpected approaches to community action, and work that makes the sharing and exchange of ideas, methods or data easier. We aim to strengthen the capacity of our funding sectors, as well as wider civil society.
Catalyse system change
We support work that sets out to change the systems which prevent individuals, families and communities from living a fulfilling life, or threaten to damage the natural environment. We back organisations that have the vision and the know-how to improve lives in the UK on a broad scale, benefiting current and future generations.
Unlock and enable potential
We back exceptional people with inspiring, practical ideas and organisations that have developed new approaches. By core funding organisations we aim to provide the space for experimentation, learning and refinement so that the sector and the people it serves discover, in turn, how best to fulfil their potential.