In contribution to our wider community, the Aesop Foundation endeavours to provide individuals with greater opportunities through the development of literacy and storytelling. We partner with organisations to cultivate written and verbal skills, and provide a platform for expression to those who may otherwise struggle to be heard. Through two distinct granting programs, it is our hope that we nurture diversity within the community, and the culture of the arts with resounding effect.
Guided by our core values of respect, creativity, excellence, passion and integrity, we currently provide support in Australia, as detailed in the specified granting guidelines.
While the majority of our grants are awarded to organisations that are invited to apply, we remain open to hearing new ideas from potential partners. If you believe your organisation’s project meets the objectives and guidelines of the Foundation we warmly invite you to submit a letter of enquiry.
The Aesop Foundation supports its partners through two distinct granting programs. The Companion Grants program provides up to AUD30,000, usually for a single year. The Partnerships Grants program provides between AUD100,000-300,000 per year for up to five years.
We respectfully request that you review the following guidelines to ensure close alignment prior to submitting a letter of enquiry:
While we remain open to hearing from new potential partners, we gently discourage the submission of unsolicited applications from organisations, and those from individuals. Please also take note of the following exclusions:
Applications are considered by a Committee of Aesop staff and the Foundation Board, who will request further information if required. Those submitting a letter of enquiry can expect a response within ten business days. Those asked to submit a full application will learn the outcome of their full application approximately four months after submission.
If your organisation is invited to submit a full application, a member of staff will be in contact to discuss the relevant requirements and submission deadline.