Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Location: , London,

EIN: 100

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Top descriptors for this funder

7Builds relationships7Openminded7Positive leader in the field6"Gets" nonprofits and issues6Friendly6Responsive5Insightful4Gives more than money3Culturally sensitive2Gets nonprofits and issues2Risk taker1Likes site visits

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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Nov 21, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

My advice is to read the grant criteria in detail and to make sure you fit the criteria. Keep to advised word counts and answer the questions.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Insightful, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

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Oct 17, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Make sure you use the quiz - it really helps ensure you meet the criteria (and if you don't - look at what you need to do in order to meet them).
Talking with the team certainly helps if possible.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Friendly, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Oct 15, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

The feedback gives you no idea of what was good about the project/application, what needed work, or what was just not of interest. It’s really hard to know whether you got anywhere close to stage 2 and should apply again.

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Oct 15, 2019

Reviewer UK313 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Try to get to know the individual grant manager well enough so that you can ask questions informally. We went to meet them for a ‘this is where we are now’ kind of conversation. After that, ours was very helpful, receptive and open because they could see what we were trying to do in the context of the rest of our strategy.

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Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Oct 09, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Even if you get through to 2nd stage you only have a 10% chance.

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"Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Response from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Oct 22, 2019

Thanks for your response, and we're sorry to hear you got the impression that only 10% of 2nd stage applications are approved. Looking at the data, this isn't the case.
- So far this year we've declined 28 2nd stage applications (14.2%). In other words, we've approved 169 (85.8%) of 2nd stage applications.
- In 2018 we declined 52 2nd stage applications (17.2%) and approved 250 (82.2%).
We're committed to reducing wasted effort in grant applications, and are currently researching the clearest way to ask application questions as part of this work.
If you'd like to know more, please take a look at our Annual Report.

Sep 26, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Be totally open about what you can do, what you can't predict, and what mitigation you have in place. Also be user-centred, show that you have involved service users in your idea - prove that is needed.

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

Aug 05, 2019

Reviewer UK787 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Really helpful grant advisor staff, with clear guidance.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

Jul 17, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Read the guidelines very carefully and only apply if you feel your idea truly matches their aims

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Culturally sensitive, Insightful

Jun 30, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Be clear and open about exactly what you want and any challenges you're facing.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Insightful, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

Response from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Jul 01, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and glad to hear you had a great experience with Grants Plus!

Jun 26, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

I found it really helpful that they track your impact based on outcomes. So, my advice would be to think a lot about what your outcomes will be, and how you can measure them. It sounds simple, but they are more outcomes-focused than other funders, and I found that enabled us to be flexible about how we achieved them. For example, after receiving some funding, we switched our delivery partner & made changes to the project, but the outcomes remained essentially the same & therefore Esmee Fairbairn were supportive and understanding.

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Gets nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

Response from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Jul 01, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, it's very helpful to understand your perspective on outcomes.

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