How to apply


Achievement for All

We have a two stage application process

There are no application deadlines or restrictions on re-applying - apply at any time. 

1st stage:


Apply online. We acknowledge by email within a week and decide whether to take it further within a month.

2nd stage:  

Answer a set of questions from a Grants or Social Investment Manager. We make a decision in 2 - 4 months.

Before applying:

If you want to call us:

We're sorry, but Grants Managers are not able to meet or speak to applicants before they apply because of the high number of applications we receive each year. We are working to reduce this number, so that we can offer more help and advice to applicants in future.

To apply online you will need to:
  • Take the Quiz. You'll need to complete this to create an account and make an application.
  • Decide whether you are applying for a grant or social investment and select the appropriate online application form.
  • Give details of your organisation, and what you are applying for.
  • Answer these three questions in no more than 1,000 words (about two sides of A4 paper):

Question 1: What?

1. What do you aim to achieve under our funding priorities?

Referring to the Guidance for Grant Applicants, under the Esmée sector and funding priority you are applying to, use up to 350 words to:

  • Outline the need for the work.
  • Explain how your work matches the points under we support work that:
  • Explain the impact you aim to achieve.
Question 2: How?

2. How will our funding support you in delivering your change?

Referring to the Guidance for Grant Applicants, under the Esmée sector and funding priority you are applying to, use up to 350 words to:

  • Explain how your work matches the points under applicants must: and we want our funding to:
Question 3: Who?

3. A brief description of your organisation and its relevant track record.

Use up to 300 words to:

  • Outline what your organisation does.
  • Explain your track record (including impact and successful partnerships).
... and then attach:
  • your most recent accounts (or budget if your organisation is new)
  • your constitution if you are not a registered charity 


If you are an organisation we already fund, or have met, you will be invited to send in a 1st stage application by a Grants Manager and emailed a link. You will also be asked to submit up to three key outcomes you hope to achieve in the course of a grant. 

You might find it helpful to know:

Once you've started the application form, you can save and return to it at any time by clicking on 'Save my progress and resume later'. After providing an email address and password, you will receive a confirmation email which will contain the link to return to your in-progress application form.

After submitting your application, you will receive an email with a summary sheet of your application for your own records.

If you have any questions on the application process, please check the FAQs or contact us at or 020 7812 3700. 

If your application is unsuccessful:

Unfortunately we receive far more applications than we are able to fund. Of the 1,300 first-stage applications we received last year, 81% were turned down. We have no restrictions on reapplying, but you should look at why we turn down applications before deciding to submit another application.

We appreciate how challenging fundraising can be and if your work doesn't fit with our priorities please see our other sources of funding help.

Application tips:
  • Please write in clear simple English - avoid jargon.
  • Make sure the application is fact based – with figures and evidence which support your claims.
  • Don’t take up lots of space explaining the general issues that lie behind your work. Assume we have a basic understanding of the context in which you operate
  • Ensure that you’ve clearly explained the organisation’s track record, impact and partnerships, as well as what the organisation is going to do and why it is qualified to do it.
  • Ask someone who doesn’t know the project or your organisation to read the application before you submit it - if they can understand what you are proposing, it should be easy for the grant assessor to understand the proposal.