Esmée Fairbairn: Year Two

Plymouth has been given £1.3 million pounds as part of a five-year funding initiative to transform our city and bring about radical change. The money comes from one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK – the Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation.

That Esmeé Fairbairn has chosen Plymouth should be celebrated.

The charity has been aware of the radical and transformative work that has been taking place across the city in recent years and has been particularly impressed to see organisations working together to run new – and innovative – projects which have genuinely helped to make a difference to people’s lives.

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There is more than £1,000,000 to support the sector & fund projects in Plymouth, for Plymouth. There are three ways to access funding:

The Street-to-Scale fund – £1000

With no rules and no agenda, the Street-to-Scale fund believes you know what’s best for your community.

We will give £1000 to up to ten individuals (so that’s £100 each) working together in a group, for a short and limited period of time, to spend – as they see fit – to improve their lives, their wellbeing and/or their community. Anyone over the age of 18 can apply. We are particularly keen to hear from young people who want to be the change.


The Network Fund – up to £5000

The money from the Network Fund will be used to strengthen existing charities, social enterprises and grassroots organisations (and POP+ networks?). We want this to happen through understanding how we can best collaborate, run our organisations and influence the way we work promoting the shared values of Esmeé Fairbairn and POP+.

The primary aim of the fund is to enable projects and/or organisations to become more capable; to increase their capacity and, in doing so, to be more resilient. In other words, we want to see them grow big and strong.

Please note: some match funding will be necessary but how much will depend on the size of the organisation.

The Challenge Fund – up to £25,000

We want to hear about the challenges you think need to be tackled to bring about significant change in Plymouth and we want to tell you that there is a fund of up to £25,000 to help make it happen.

The Challenge Fund will be awarded to larger-scale projects which tackle a single issue such as the climate crisis; environmental degradation; the lack of appropriate housing provision; the shortage in support for young people with mental health issues etc.

Instead of starting with solutions, POP+ believes there is greater value to be had exploring the issue and seeking to better understand it. POP+ also believes there is more to be gained from broadening the number of people involved to help bring about a greater understanding of the challenge and all that it entails.

To help achieve this, your project may be entitled to an initial ‘design & develop’ grant of £1000 to further your idea and facilitate wider engagement. You may wish, for example, to host a preliminary event to raise awareness of your project and seek support in the early stages.

At the end of the design & develop stage, POP+ will need to see how the project can sustain itself economically – how it will make money and/or how it will receive further grant funding.

To be eligible for the Challenge Fund, projects will need to consider and identify ways in which they will bring about ‘change’: how will they disrupt traditional ways of working or conventional ways of control and power?

Please note: match funding will be necessary but how much will depend on the size of the organisation.