Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change.

The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK.  We make grants of £30 – £35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment, social change and food. We also commit up to £35 million in social investments in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.

We believe that cultural expression is essential in a strong, healthy society. We want to support the sustainability of the arts sector across the UK and make sure that the widest range of people can participate. Hull 2017 represents a catalytic moment for local artists to place themselves and their work on a national and international stage and we are happy to support Hull 2017 to work with local artists to celebrate the culture of the city and its place in the wider cultural offer. This work offers a strong match to our interests in talent development and nurturing the next generation of artists.

“Hull UK City of Culture 2017 aims to elevate Hull’s cultural offer to one of national and international significance and create a city that is a safer, happier and more productive place to live and work. We are proud and excited to be a major partner and look forward to a transformational year of cultural events, showcasing the exceptional talent and creativity in Hull. We very much hope this will inspire and empower residents and visitors to celebrate and participate in all the city has to offer now and in the future.” Caroline Mason, Chief Executive