Esmée Fairbairn North East Fund is now open for applications

10 February 2014

The third round of the Esmée Fairbairn North East Fund is open for applications from between 10 February and Thursday 3rd April 2014.

Groups from across the North East with an income of between £50,000 and £250,000 can apply for grants that are unlikely to be less than £10,000 for a 12 month period, and up to £30,000 in total for up to 3 years. There will be approximately £80,000 available for this funding round.

Successful applications are likely to come from organisations with projects that challenge convention, take risks to address difficult issues and test out new ideas or practices, and that have a particular focus on work that is taking place in the most deprived parts of the North East. Previous grantees include Action Foundation for development work with the Roma community and Bengalis to help with integration, and Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services for a worker to liaise with farmers living in isolated rural areas who are coping with a range of complex problems.

The work must meet the criteria against one of four strands: Arts; Education and Learning; Environment; and Social Change. Full details and a bespoke application form will be available from 10th February on Please contact Sue Martin on 0191 222 0945 to discuss your outline proposal.