From supporting the preservation and use of nationally significant collections to encouraging innovative new projects, Esmée Fairbairn has a long history of funding the arts and heritage sectors.
Our arts interests are:
While the Foundation responds to the needs of applicants, it is particularly interested in the long-term sustainability and renewal of the arts sector. Therefore most of the work we fund is delivered through mid to long-term programmes rather than one-off pieces of work (e.g. one exhibition or theatre production).
The Foundation receives a number of applications from arts festivals, but is only likely to support work which happens outside the festival (i.e. year-round programmes which have a continuing impact in areas with little alternative arts provision) or work which is very high quality and developmental for the sector as a whole. In addition, the Foundation will only fund commissioning or acquisition costs when they are part of larger programme of work which matches our other priorities.
Please also see the Foundation's priorities.
View a list of art related grants HERE.
Find information on how to apply HERE.
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