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.

Click here for information on Year 1 of the Esmée Fairbairn funding.

The Esmée Fairbairn money has enabled POP+ to establish two different funds:

Street-to-Scale Fund

With no rules and no agenda, the Street-to-Scale fund believes you know what’s best for your community. We will give £1,000 to up to ten individuals working together in a group, for a short and limited period of time, to spend – as they see fit – to improve their lives, their well-being and/or their community. Street-to-Scale is still open for young people. 

Learning & Collaboration Fund

Round 3 of the Learning & Collaboration Fund has been temporarily postponed due to the current pandemic.  Any announcements on the rescheduled timescales will be communicated through the POP+ mailing list, website, and social media. In the meantime if you have any queries please contact

POP+ wants to incentivise and enable collaboration and at the same time increase and deepen relationships across the city. Relationships are imperative for resilience, yet collaboration is not always easy. We believe that learning is essential to improvement. And so POP+ has launched this fund with a maximum of £5,000 per application. We want to see:

  • Trust & relationships
  • Collaboration & inclusion
  • Taking risks & innovating
  • Learning through doing

If you’re interested in finding out how we make decisions, please click here.