Funding partnerships

Brighter Futures, Praxis

We want to be at the forefront of new approaches to funding, working in partnership with other funders and organisations to increase our reach and make more of a difference.

We work in partnership with many different organisations across sectors: charities, investors, regulators, social enterprises and academia - trying to pull together unusual alliances that are willing to work together to effect real and long-lasting positive change.

This includes working with partners to develop new funds or new approaches to funding. For instance, we have partnered on a range of pooled funds focusing on issues including migrant justice, arts and culture, place-led change, and innovative funding models to support environmental projects.

Examples of our funding partnerships are below.

Unlocking change


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    Environmental Finance and Learning Fund

    Together with the Environmental Funders Network (EFN), we have launched a collaborative Environmental Finance and Learning Fund to help unlock significant new funding for nature recovery.

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  • Participatory City


    LocalMotion is a joint initiative by six funders to support communities in a more radical, joined-up way.

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    Museums Association Collections Fund

    The Collections Fund provides funding to a range of projects that demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people.

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  • Nesta Arts & Culture Impact Fund

    Arts & Culture Impact Fund

    Managed by Nesta, the Arts & Culture Impact Fund (and its predecessor, the Arts Impact Fund), brings together public, private and charitable funding to demonstrate the potential and impact of social investment in the arts.

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    Global Majority Fund

    The Global Majority Fund is a joint initiative led by Comic Relief to support infrastructure and grassroots organisations led by and for communities experiencing racial inequality to address the needs of communities they supported.

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    Funding Youth Activism: learning from the Act for Change Fund

    A new report and resources share learning and insights on funding youth activism from over three years of the Act for Change Fund, a £3.6m partnership fund to support youth-led organisations to create and lead social change.

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    Migration Exchange

    Hosted by Global Dialogue, Migration Exchange is an informal network of independent funders. They aim to improve the lives of migrants, and communities in the UK by informing public debate on migration, supporting a resilient and effective migrant sector, and advocating for a fairer immigration system.

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  • Devon Wildlife Trust, Caen Wetlands

    Environment Agency, Defra and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation collaboration

    A collaborative pilot with the Environment Agency and Defra to support environmental projects in creating funding models which could be replicated by other projects up and down the country.

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    Creative Civic Change

    Creative Civic Change is an experimental funding programme designed to fund and test ways in which culture and creativity can support community change.

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