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.

You can also read more about our aims in OUR NATURAL WORLD, A FAIRER FUTURE, and CREATIVE, CONFIDENT COMMUNITIES.

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. 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 staff, trustees and volunteers, date established.

Second, tell us in 100 words what you are aiming to achieve, and how you will make it happen with Esmée funding.

This is meant to be short. We’ll use your 100 words, along with your organisation details and website, to judge whether your work is a potential match for our aims.

We will get back to you within four weeks.

(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 June 2021).

SUBMIT AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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