Grants Plus

What is Grants Plus?

'Grants Plus' is the additional support we provide to current grant and social investment holders that enables the work we’ve funded to have a greater impact.

We have a limited budget for Grants Plus and consider requests for support on a case by case basis. If you are currently funded by Esmée, and there is some consultancy or training you cannot afford yourself which could enable the work we have funded to have a greater impact, please get in touch with your Grants Manager to find out whether it's something we might support through Grants Plus.

Free support

Free support includes:

  • Use of our central London meeting rooms

  • Connections to other organisations we fund or other funders where appropriate

  • Signposting to some of the free resources and support available to organisations in our sectors

185 organisations we fund used our King's Cross meeting rooms in 2016, with over 4,000 attendees.

Skills support

This includes:

  • Training, networking, or learning events to which we invite groups of those we fund, eg communications, social investment, cost & pricing, evaluation and learning.

In 2016 we held workshops in Birmingham, Bristol and London on impact and evaluation, business development and digital strategy.

Communications and advocacy support


  • Strategy and planning, public affairs, digital planning, media training, messaging, brand development, advocacy and campaigns 

  • Supporting grantees to create short films about their work

We want to ensure grantees are able to communicate effectively for maximum impact in their work. With the support of DHA Communications, we hope to achieve this through our Grants Plus funding. If you have:

  • identified that your organisation requires communication support,

  • a strong understanding of what your communications needs and issues are, and

  • a clear idea of the tangible outcomes of this support,

please get in touch with DHA Communications either by email or on 0151 709 0505 to discuss this work further.

Strategic support

Strategic support includes:

  • Tailored expert advice, support or training to give the extra help to an organisation at a difficult or opportune moment
  • Key issues we know organisations need help with are: evaluation, business planning and financial management
  • We have a few suppliers we have worked with before, but also fund organisations directly to work with consultants they know and trust

In 2016 we funded consultancy support for 44 organisations, at an average cost of £5,866 each.


We do not fund

Through Grants Plus, we do not fund:

  • Work that should be core grant funded
  • Work that doesn’t build the capacity of the organisation and still leaves a skills shortage
  • Work that has already taken place
  • Organisations that have already received Grant Plus funding
  • Organisation already receiving 'beyond money'/funder plus support if it’s not clear where we could add value, or why the existing funding isn’t enough
  • Funding to measure impact and evaluation where the primary aim isn’t to improve services i.e. to meet funders’ requirements
  • Funding for agency commission
  • General marketing support
  • Website development 
  • Funding for advertising costs
  • Requests from organisations no longer in receipt of a main grant or social investment

When assessing requests for Grants Plus, we will take into account whether some pro bono support could have been secured.