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    Testing a new approach to make New Connections

    We want to test a new approach to funding and are ringfencing £1.5m for New Connections funding to find and support organisations that could not, or would not, usually apply to Esmée. For the first phase in 2023 and 2024, we are starting with work led by and for communities experiencing racial inequity.

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    Pre-application Q&A webinar: 27 September 2023

    We hosted a pre-application Q&A webinar on 27 September for organisations interested in applying to Esmée for support who have questions about our application process or guidance. Catch up on the recording and see all the questions answered.

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    Annual Report and Accounts for 2022

    Our 2022 Annual Report gives an overview of our operations, funding and investments during the year.

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    Funding Plus 2023 survey findings

    We asked people to share their experiences of capacity building support to help us understand what organisations most need right now.

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    Pre-application Q&A webinar: 20 June 2023

    We're hosting a pre-application Q&A webinar on 20 June for organisations interested in applying to Esmée for support who have questions about our application process or guidance.

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    Acting on feedback: what we've done so far

    After asking for your views on Esmée, we wanted to share back the steps we've taken so far to improve our processes and the information we share.

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    Update to Esmée’s expression of interest form

    We are making a couple of updates to our expression of interest form for applicants, which will be in place from 26 June. Applicants submitting an expression of interest before this date will still be able to do so using our existing form.

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    Impact of the rising cost of living on organisations we fund

    At the beginning of 2023, we offered most organisations we fund a 10% uplift on their grant to support them with the rising cost of living. We asked those with higher incomes how rising costs are impacting their work. Esmée's Learning Officer, Philippa Wilkinson, shares a snapshot of what people told us.

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    Foundation Practice Rating Year 2: How Esmée did

    The Foundation Practice Rating (FPR) has published its second annual report assessing foundations on three areas of practice: diversity, accountability and transparency.

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