Year one fund & learning

Year 1 grant making

The Esmée Fairbairn foundation has given POP and Plymouth a five-year grant to help make change happen in the city. It has given the city £1.3m for a five-year investment to spend on whatever we in Plymouth think will make a real difference to our city and our ways-of-life.

In June 2018 we allocated £141,000 to more than twenty projects across the city. Each of these projects was successful and received between £2,000 and £10,000:

  • Community Arts & Events Network
  • Community Criminal Justice Network
  • Diversity Business Incubator CIC
  • End Of Life Compassionate Network
  • Environment Plymouth
  • Food Plymouth Partnership CIC
  • Friends of Wyndham Square
  • HITH CIC & LifePlay Learning
  • Honicknowle Commnet Ltd.
  • Hope In The Heart CIC
  • Horticultural Therapy Trust
  • New4You Youth Group
  • Plymouth Area Disability Action Network (PADAN)
  • Plymouth Law Clinic
  • Plymouth Mental Health Network
  • Plymouth Tree Partnership
  • Revolutionary Women, Harbour, Trevi & Broadreach
  • Seadream Education CIC
  • Stiltskin Arts & Theatre CIC
  • The Ark Community Project Ltd.
  • The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust CIO
  • The Salvation Army

Background to Plymouth’s successful EF Bid:

Before the £1.3m was awarded to Plymouth there were two big consultation events which brought together a huge wave of ideas, visions and dreams… as well as outlining the practicalities and risks involved. There is a lot to read, but the reports are here:

May 2017 – Workshop Consultation

The outcomes for the five year change programme are:

  • Better Services for People
  • A Stronger Voluntary and Community Sector
  • Better working with other sectors in the city, so that we are all working together towards the same aims.

Year 1

The heart of this change is that decisions happen bottom up, not top down. So, as in the consultations above, everything will be openly discussed and decisions on spending will be taken by the sector, or representatives of the sector. There have been six months of discussion.

Now we are on to six months of “exploring and experimenting”.


There will be a series of visits to other parts of the country to see what they are doing, and gather ideas and inspiration.


We are investing in a partnership across the city for an ‘Our Plymouth’ website, so that everyone can be informed and take part.  Other partners here are the private sector (Chamber of Commerce), statutory sector (Plymouth City Council) and all supported by the Plymouth Herald. £20k.  There is another £10k for cross sector working.

Year one evaluation

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