There are six steps to applying for Esmée support.
Scroll down for detail about the first three steps as well as information on: what we don't fund, why we turn things down, other sources of funding help and FAQs. We also held a Q&A webinar on our strategy and how we make decisions.
Accessibility: we also have additional accessibility-related support available for applicants where our online application process may be a barrier to applying, including an Access Payment to support you to apply.
1. Eligibility quiz
Take the quiz to find out if your organisation is eligible for Esmée support.
It also asks how much funding you are looking for, and takes you through what we do and do not support.Take the quiz
3. Expression of Interest
When you are ready to tell us about your work, you can submit an expression of interest through our website. This is in two parts:
First, some details about your organisation including: charity or company number; total income for the last financial year; number of trustees and non-executive directors; and date established. We’ll also ask you about which aim and priorities your work fits.
Second, we want to know more about what you’re aiming to achieve and how you will make it happen with Esmée funding by answering two questions. You’ll have a total of 300 words to answer both questions.
1. What would you like Esmée to support?
2. What’s the change you are focused on achieving and how is your organisation well placed to deliver it?
Your answers to both questions are meant to be short. In addition to these, we will also be using your organisation details and the information on your website to judge whether your work is a potential match for our aims.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): Once you’ve submitted your Expression of Interest, you will be redirected to a DEI monitoring form to complete about your organisation. We want to use the information we gather to help us identify and address structural inequity, and ensure that the reach of our funding and our funding practices are fair and just.
Response times: We will get back to you within four weeks about your Expression of Interest.
Feedback: Because we receive many more requests than we can support, the Expression of Interest is intended to be quick. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for us to give detailed feedback on applications at this stage.SUBMIT AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Accessibility and support applying
We want to make Esmée accessible and user friendly for everyone. Find information about additional support available including applying for an Access Payment if, due to a disability, our online application process is difficult for you to use.Find out more
Frequently asked questions and answers about the foundation, our funding and applicationsFind out more
Exclusions: what we don't support
Unfortunately, we can't support all the work that fits our funding priorities. On this page, we list our general exclusions.Find out more
Why we turn things down
We hope it's helpful to share feedback on the reasons applications are not successful.Find out more
Other sources of funding help
Information on other funding sources including a comprehensive guide to fundraising for small organisations.Find out more
Our funding data
We publish all our grants and social investments on 360Giving, an initiative that aims to help UK funders share their data in an open and standard format online.Find out more
Q&A on Esmée's new strategy and how we make decisions
Watch our webinar on our new strategy and how we make decisions. The Esmée Team also share more detail around our impact goals and priorities under each aim.Find out more
Useful Sector Resources
Useful sector resources on a range of topics including legal, fundraising, campaigning, digital and safeguarding.Find out more