Apply for funding

Six steps

There are six steps to applying for Esmée support.

Scroll down for the first three steps, and further 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.

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PLEASE NOTE: There may be delays to assessment response times due to the impacts of the pandemic on the team's capacity, so please bear with us. We hope to increase the team's capacity in the coming months with additional staff and we're also making improvements to our systems behind the scenes. In the meantime, thanks so much for your patience!

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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
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2. Read the guidance

Read the guidance to decide whether your work could contribute to Esmée’s impact goals.


Read the guidance
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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 of your organisation including: charity or company number; total income for the last financial year; number of trustees and non-executive directors; and date established.

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:

  • What work would you like Esmée to support? (100 words)
  • How is your organisation well placed to deliver this change? (100 words)

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.

(Please note, that we have extended our response time from two weeks to four weeks due to the pandemic's impact on the team's capacity. We will be reviewing this again in January 2022).


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