Esmée Fairbairn Foundation – Arts Funding – ongoing

What Esmée Fairbairn fund

“We fund across five main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment, Food and Social Change. Across all our funding we aim to unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change.

We offer three types of support: grants, social investments and Grants Plus. This guidance is for grant applicants. There is separate guidance for social investments, our young people leaving care funding stream, and mergers on our website.

Our grants support organisations’ core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. We do not fund building or equipment costs, or individuals. 2018 grants ranged from £5k to £1m (average £157,772), with support lasting 1 – 5 years (49% of grants were for 3 years).

We make small grants (£60,000 or less) for one-off projects, or for testing out new ideas and collaborations. We do not support general running costs at this scale.”


  • Art with a social impact
  • Supporting emerging talent
  • Organisations at a pivotal point

Guidance for applicants (pdf)

Please also see the Foundation’s priorities and take the application quiz at:

artist forms link
New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.