Friday, 3 July 2015

Esmee Fairbairn Merger Fund

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation provides grants to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are at, or close to, the preliminary stage of discussions with an identified potential merger partner or partners.
Grants up to £15,000 are available.
The focus of the merging organisations must come under the Foundation's areas of interest:
o The Arts;
o Children and Young People;
o The Environment; and
o Social Change.
Organisations applying to the Merger Fund must demonstrate that they have unrestricted reserves equivalent to at least three months’ running costs. This applies to all parties involved with the merger feasibility investigations.
Applications requesting funding for the following types of work will be considered:
• Consultation with staff, beneficiaries, members and other stakeholders.
• Facilitation of discussions with the potential merger partner(s).
• Governance, planning, financial, legal, HR or communications advice.
• Formation of long-term, strategic collaborations with other organisations to enhance beneficiaries' outcomes.
This is not an exhaustive list, and consideration will be given to any reasonable request for work that helps to make the decision of whether or not to merge easier.
The fund is not intended to meet any costs associated with a merger once a firm decision is made to proceed.
The Institute for Voluntary Action Research has published two reports: Story of a Merger and Merger as a Strategy that potential applicants may find useful.
Applications should include:
• A completed application form which is available on request from the Foundation.
• A three page outline of the proposal (on no more than six sides of A4, size 12 font) using these headings:
• A brief description of the merging organisations - history, services, recent achievements, beneficiary, staff, volunteer and member numbers, niche occupied in the sector locally, regionally or nationally.
• Details of whether or not the organisation has successfully worked in partnership with the merger organisation(s) before.
• The rationale for considering a merger - what benefits will it bring to: the two (or more) organisation(s); and to the wider sector? Applicants must explain how the merger matches the criteria of the Fund.
• A description of the stage the organisations have reached in the process and what the needs are.

Completed applications should be emailed  (with 'Merger Fund' in the subject line of the email).
Alternatively, applications may be submitted by post.
For further information about the Esmee Fairbairn Merger Fundvisit the Foundation’s website.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Jo Rideal
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Kings Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG

(Source: GRIN)

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