How to apply

 

Achievement for All

We have a two stage application process

There are no application deadlines or restrictions on re-applying - apply at any time. 

1st stage:

 

Apply online. We acknowledge by email within a week and decide whether to take it further within a month.

2nd stage:  
 

Answer a set of questions from a Grants or Social Investment Manager. We make a decision in 2 - 4 months.


Before applying:

If you want to call us:

We're sorry, but Grants Managers are not able to meet or speak to applicants before they apply because we currently receive 3,000 applications a year. We are working to reduce this number, so that we can offer more help and advice to applicants in future.


To apply online you will need to:
  • Take the quiz. You will not be able to create an account to make an application until you have completed the quiz.
  • Decide whether you are applying for a grant or social investment and select the appropriate online application form 
  • Give details of your organisation, and what you are applying for.
  • Answer these three questions in no more 1,000 words (about two sides of A4 paper):

1. Give a brief description of your organisation and its relevant track record

In simple terms, describe what you do and demonstrate your track record (including impact and successful partnerships). We want to see the expertise and experience within the organisation and some information (but not a lot) on the need for the work. It’s important that you tell us what makes you different. If you’re a relatively young organisation, please provide a track record of the key people involved, what have they achieved, their impact and influence.  

Please use no more than 500 words for this question.

2. What do you want to achieve with our funding?  
 

If you are applying for project funding, explain what the project aims to achieve, how it addresses the need/issue/problem, what are its anticipated outcomes (e.g. reduce the overall number of domestic abuse cases). If you’re applying for core or unrestricted funding, tell us what you aim to achieve in that period. 

Please use no more than 400 words for this section.

3. How will the grant be spent? 

Tell us what you need us to fund in order to successfully deliver the work described in the question above. 

Please be specific and use no more than 100 words for this question.

... and then attach:
  • your most recent accounts (or budget if your organisation is new)
  • your constitution if you are not a registered charity 

You might find it helpful to know:

Once you've started the application form, you can save and return to it at any time by clicking on 'Save my progress and resume later'. After providing an email address and password, you will receive a confirmation email which will contain the link to return to your in-progress application form.

After submitting your application, you will receive an email with a copy of your completed application for your own records.

If you have any questions on the application process, please check the FAQs or contact us at info@esmeefairbairn.org.uk or 020 7812 3700. 


If your application is unsuccessful:

Unfortunately we receive far more applications than we are able to fund. Of the 3000 first-stage applications we receive each year, only 1 in 10 go on to receive funding from the Foundation. We have no restrictions on reapplying, but you should look at why we turn down applications before deciding to submit another application.

We appreciate how challenging fundraising can be and if your work doesn't fit with our priorities please see our other sources of funding help.