Our Support


Sea Ranger Service

We make unrestricted, core and project grants for charitable work in the UK.

Learn more about our approach to funding, and what to expect from us as a funder.

Our approach to funding

Long-term, core funding
  • 66% of our active grants are for core costs, or are unrestricted.
  • Most of our grants are for three years (54%) or longer than three years (32%).
Backing the work we care about
Flexible and open to learning
  • Our approach to learning is based on setting mutually agreed outcomes for the work we fund. We expect these outcomes to change over time.
  • We encourage organisations to tell us when things are not going well, and to change and adapt their work over the course of our grant.
  • We will only ask for information we need and use, and commit to sharing what we learn.
Increasing our capacity
  • At the moment, we have a London-based team of 11 funding managers managing an active portfolio of 900 grants.
  • Under our new strategy we will be making longer, larger grants and the size of our portfolio will decrease. We will have more time to meet, visit and talk to the organisations we fund as time goes on.
  • Please invite us to events and meetings - we will make every effort to attend if we can, and if not we will try to highlight and support the valuable work in other ways.

What to expect from Esmée

  • Clore Social Leadership

    Grant reporting

    Reporting to Esmée should be easy for you and valuable for both of us. We will only ask for information we need and use.

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  • The Community Farm

    Terms & Conditions

    Information on the general Terms & Conditions for organisations who accept a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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    Outcomes and indicators

    We ask applicants to identify the key outcomes they seek to achieve as a result of the work that we fund as well as the indicators they will use to monitor progress.

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  • Multi-Story Music

    Communications about our funding

    Guidance for organisations we work with on communications about our funding, including logo files, press release quotes, and how to get in touch with our Communications team.

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  • Participatory City

    Our support

    Working in collaboration with others, we use all our tools to achieve our shared goals and to effect broader change. Learn more about our range of tools and support.

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