Grant Details


Community Partnership

Grant Amount

Upon application

Applicant Type





United Kingdom

Museums Association

Esmée Fairbairn Collection Fund

Now open for spring 2024 applications

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund supports a range of projects that bring collections closer to people.

We award the fund on behalf of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and have awarded over £11m in nearly 200 grants since 2011. You can find out more about the most recent recipients (July 2023) of the funding below.

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund has evolved with the aims of both Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Museums Association. We have launched a new phase of the fund for 2023 onwards.


We have made changes to focus on funding museums and their community partners for inclusive collections and participation work. We are interested in supporting social and climate justice using museum collections, in ways that are relevant to local contexts and relationships.

All applications to the fund must focus on existing collections, typically held by an Accredited museum or partnership of museums and other organisations. We will agree funding outcomes with successful applicants that relate to their ambitions for inclusion.

For more information, visit Museums Association