Fundraising News: Esmee Foundation sets out guidelines for grant hopefuls

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has published its new grant application guidelines and reviewed its list of projects that are unlikely to receive funding.

"The guidelines are designed to encourage grants from organisations that are eligible, and provide clarification about the kind of projects we don't support," said a spokesman for the foundation. "For example, we are only able to support one in four applications in the area of arts and heritage, so we will not support festivals or initial training for artists."

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation received a £650m windfall when the Fairbairn family sold its stake in M&G to Prudential in 1999, and is now one of the largest independent grant-making trusts in the UK. It expects to distribute grants worth £26m this year, and has earmarked £5.6m for three of its four grant-making programmes: arts and heritage, education and environment.

Grants worth £8.6m will be made for the social development programme.

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