Share

Esmée Fairbairn: applications to trusts and foundations remain stable

Esmée Fairbairn: applications to trusts and foundations remain stable
News

Esmée Fairbairn: applications to trusts and foundations remain stable1

Fundraising | Tania Mason | 25 May 2012

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is surprised not to have been inundated with applications for funding since the start of the recession.

Senior grants manager, John Mulligan told civilsociety.co.uk that apart from a spike of applications in February and March 2011, when the organisation received about 75 per week, the rate of applications has remained stable at around 55 per week.

He said: “In the context of a lot of cuts the rate has stayed fairly stable, which is a little surprising.”

In an interview with civilsociety.co.uk, Mulligan, said that one of the organisation’s top priorities for the coming year is to ensure it spends its budget allocation, which in the main fund totals around £28m.

“What has surprised us, as has surprised other foundations, is that the application rate has actually fallen,” Mulligan said.

“That’s a trend which not just we’ve picked up, but colleagues in other foundations. One foundation the other day told us that their application rate was down by a third.

“It seems unusual given the pressure on groups and funding drying up elsewhere, that applications to trusts and foundations seem to be dropping off.  It may not be universal it’s certainly what we’ve found.”

Asked what the likely cause might be, Mulligan suggested that charities may be too busy scrabbling around trying to find sufficient money to cover their core costs, which many trusts tend not to fund.

“They’ve possible received cuts from statutory sources, local authorities and they’re looking to find funding to make up the salary of the director and they don’t naturally look to trusts and foundations to plug that gap.”

He added that Esmee Fairbairn does support core costs such as overheads and salaries but only as part of a “very compelling application”.

“In fact 50 per cent of our funding last year went into core costs.”

Click here to read Adam Martin's full interview with John Mulligan

 

Dennis Atkin
Non Executive Director
Doncaster Women's Aid
1 Jun 2012

I am suprised at Mr. Mulligan's comment; of his suprise shared by other foundations at the apparent fall in grant applications in the current financial climate. I have many years experience in working with the VOLCOM sector the majority of which are dependent on a combination of funding from statutory agency partners and grant funding organisations. In the main funding from the former offers stability for core funding of running costs associated with their business for the forseeable future. If that funding is withdrawn the result in all probability will be the demise of the organisation concerned and by consequence their need for grant funding of time limited projects no longer exists. .

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Barnardo's launches retail gift aid appeal

23 Jul 2014

Barnardo’s has launched an appeal to raise awareness of retail gift aid and the extra £6.5m that could...

Charity Bank loan approvals up 83 per cent

23 Jul 2014

Charity Bank has reported a sharp upturn in loan approvals, and has cited this as evidence that the sector’s...

Workfare charities set to be named after Tribunal rules against DWP

23 Jul 2014

Charities that are involved in the workfare programme run by the Department for Work and Pensions look...

Workfare charities set to be named after Tribunal rules against DWP

23 Jul 2014

Charities that are involved in the workfare programme run by the Department for Work and Pensions look...

Nesta was 'forced' to fund Big Society Network, says former trustee

22 Jul 2014

Former Nesta trustee Liam Black tweeted this morning that Nesta was “forced” to fund Big Society Network. 

Sadiq Khan MP: 'Sarah' Bill is embarrassing and pathetic

22 Jul 2014

Labour MP Sadiq Khan yesterday called the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill “embarrassing...

Greenpeace video removed from YouTube following copyright claim

14 Jul 2014

A campaign video by Greenpeace against Lego’s relationship with Shell has been subject to a copyright...

Oxfam advert removed after appearing before extremist videos

10 Jul 2014

Oxfam has removed one of its adverts from YouTube after it was shown on channels showing content from...

Data protection proposals 'potentially catastrophic' for fundraising

8 Jul 2014

EU data protection proposals could have a “potentially catastrophic” impact on charity fundraising,...

Join the discussion

Twitter button

@CSFundraising