Fund Partners and supporters

The Arts Impact Fund is a collaboration of public, private and charitable partners and supporters who share a commitment to supporting the arts and a belief in their importance to society

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Between 2011 and 2015, it will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery into the arts.

For more information about the Arts Council England visit www.artscouncil.org.uk


Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the corporate and investment banking division of Bank of America. The company provides services in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital markets, lending, trading, risk management, research, and liquidity and payments management to clients in more than 90 countries around the world.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has a long-established commitment to the support of the arts worldwide, believing that they are a powerful tool that help economies to thrive, individuals to connect across cultures, and educate and enrich societies. The company extends this commitment by helping advance opportunities for young people through education outreach and public access initiatives. It does this by collaborating with like-minded institutions to seed innovative opportunities that can be transformational for the long term, and works with schools to establish exciting education programmes that deliver knowledge, develop skills, inspire careers and engage students.

For more information about Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the UK visit museums.bankofamerica.com/arts/Highlights


Nesta is the UK's innovation foundation. It helps people and organisations bring great ideas to life. Nesta does this by providing investments and grants and mobilising research, networks and skills. It is an independent charity and its work is enabled by an endowment from the National Lottery. 

Nesta Impact Investments provides investments of between £150,000 and £1 million in early-stage UK ventures operating tackling ageing; educational attainment of children and young people; and the sustainability of communities. 

For more information about Nesta visit www.nesta.org.uk 


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. It funds the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK.  

It makes grants of £30-35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. It also operates a £26 million Finance Fund which invests in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit. 

For more information about the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation visit www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk 


In addition, the Arts Impact Fund is grateful to Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK for part-funding the social impact work of the Fund. The organisation is an international charitable foundation with cultural, educational, social and scientific interests, based in Lisbon with offices in London and Paris. 

The purpose of the UK branch is to bring about long-term improvements in wellbeing, particularly for the most vulnerable, by creating connections across boundaries (national borders, communities, disciplines and sectors) which deliver social, cultural and environmental value. 

For more information about Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK visit www.gulbenkian.org.uk

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