15 April 2019

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has published Insights on Core Funding, a report demonstrating the ways in which providing core cost grants can help charitable organisations to achieve their outcomes, lever additional funding, plan for the longer term, and develop and improve their work.

Laura Blazey, our Head of Learning, provided a case study on how London Youth has benefited from the core funding that we are grateful to receive from Esmée Fairbairn and why we encourage funders to consider providing core funding.

“We would challenge funders to consider whether there are circumstances where an unrestricted grant is more appropriate than a restricted grant to allow for flexibility and to support organisations to be more future-focused. We often see our members working with many sources of funding and it’s really challenging to put these together. It creates gaps and becomes very difficult to fit the jigsaw together. As well as this, we’re asking funders to support organisational development, not just the maintenance of existing infrastructure. Instead of just helping charities to tick-over, help them thrive! This will help organisations to be strong and resilient now and well into the future.”