Our Annual Report for 2019


What's in the report? 

We're happy to share our 2019 Annual Report, which gives an overview of Esmee's year - our operations, funding and investments. 

In 2019:

  • we provided £35.8m in grant funding to 195 remarkable organisations in the UK
  • we supported 16 organisations with £6.2m of social investment. 
  • 61% of new grant funding agreed in 2019 was for core or unrestricted costs
  • we awarded £646k in "grants plus" support to 106 organisations; a record year to date
  • we published an Insights report on core funding which was shared by thousands and prompted discussion from as far as Australia

A year of action on climate change

During 2019, the realities of climate change became unavoidable and the foundation sector is now engaging with it in a way it has not done so before. We have been funding work on climate change, sustainable food and farming, and biodiversity for many years and were proud to support the Association of Charitable Foundations in the development of their conference this year which focussed on ‘Funding on a Finite Planet’.

We also backed the development of the Funder Commitment on Climate Change and were pleased with the response to the report by the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, which we have funded for the last two years.


Read the report

You can read the report online here.