Our work

Insights and learning

Little Ouse Headwaters Project (LOHP)

We learn so that we, and the organisations we work with, can make intelligent and evidence-based decisions about how to be effective in a complex environment.

Our approach to learning is guided by two questions:

  1. What does the world look like for the issues, organisations and people we support?
  2. Where are we making most and least progress and why?

Below you'll find our insights reports - sharing what we've learned from our funding - along with research or evaluation reports we've commissioned, and key publications from work we fund


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    Changing how we fund youth-led culture and creativity

    We are changing how we fund youth-led culture and creativity and plan to share our plans for a new funding programme in the New Year. To prepare, we will close to applications towards youth-led culture and creativity at 5pm on 10 November 2023.

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    Developing our social investment strategy to support our mission

    Jonny Page, Esmée’s Head of Social and Impact Investment, outlines our plans for social investment and the opportunities it offers to support our mission.

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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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