By 'women and girls', we mean people who identify and live as women and girls.
Using the DEI Data Standard, we want to have a better understanding of who our funding is reaching and to help us identify structural inequity in our funding practice. This page shares initial analysis of data we gathered from organisations in our funding and applications we received during October 2021 to September 2022 in relation to women and girls.
Women and girls in our funding and applications
Charts 1 and 2 show the percentage and number of organisations (in brackets) we classify as 'women and girls' for the three areas we asked organisations about: the communities the work supports, the organisation's leadership, and the organisation's mission.
The charts also show the number of organisations whose work, leadership or mission did not specifically relate to women and girls. We have classified them as 'no specific group'.
What we found:
- Across both sets of data (for our funding and applications), there is a higher percentage of organisations that are led by women than organisations whose work and mission specifically targets women and girls. (See charts 1 and 2)
- In our funding, the data gathered for 'communities the work supports' and 'mission' are similar: just under 8% of organisations said their work supports women and girls AND the organisation's mission specifically targets women and girls.
- More than twice the number of organisations in our funding (17.2%) who submitted data said they are led by women. (See chart 1)
Our funding vs applications
Chart 3 shows how our funding compares to data we have gathered on applications. Figures show the percentage that we have classified as 'women and girls' for the communities the work supports, the organisation's leadership, and the organisation's mission.
What we found
- The data we have on applications shows a similar trend: 9.5% said their work supports women and girls, 8.7% said their mission targets women and girls, and 16.0% are organisations led by women. (See charts 2 and 3)
Average amount awarded
Chart 4 shows the average amount awarded in our funding, and compares the average for our total funding portfolio with funding for work specifically supporting women and girls, and funding for organisations led by women and girls.
What we found:
- When looking at the average amount awarded to organisations, those whose work specifically targets women and girls was 3% higher than the average amount awarded for our total funding portfolio (£217,098 compared to £210,824).
- However the average amount awarded to organisations led by women was 19% lower (£170,213) than our total funding portfolio average.
Our funding by aim
Chart 5 shows the percentage and number of organisations (in brackets) in our funding that we classify as 'women and girls' and the aim which the funding most closely aligns to.
What we found:
- In terms of alignment to Esmée's strategy, the majority of funding that relates to women and girls is towards A Fairer Future. For instance, of the 34 grants awarded towards work that specifically supports women and girls, 30 (7% of our funding) are in A Fairer Future.