Grass Action Support Fund:

Case studies

The Grassroots Action Support (GAS) Fund was a joint initiative between Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation and SMK to provide fuel for emerging and pioneering voices and influencers, by offering them a chance to pitch for a small grant of between £1000 and £5000, in front of a panel of funders.

We knew it could – and still can be – very difficult for new campaigners or campaign groups to secure even small amounts of financial or other support that can be so vital in the early stages of their campaign planning and development. Because of this, we created the GAS Fund, which aimed to support emerging grassroots campaigners that are working in creative and innovative ways to create change- either by tackling new issues or deploying new tactics.

 

 

Case studies

Mums for Lungs

Mums for Lungs

Mums for Lungs used their GAS grant to fund two poster campaigns, named Ditch Pollution, aimed at encouraging cleaner and more active travel to and from school. Their initial plans had to be amended slightly, due to the pandemic, given that schools were not open as...

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Pregnant Then Screwed

Pregnant Then Screwed

Since the GAS panel, Pregnant then Screwed have grown exponentially and are now one of the biggest charities that supports women with lived experience of pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Since receiving the grant, they have achieved an enormous amount in terms...

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Guardians of the arches

Guardians of the arches

Guardian of the arches initial plan for the funds was to hold a ‘launch event’ securing an audience with the Mayor of London and their Landlords. However, due to the Covid pandemic they had to adapt to the new challenges faced by all. After reviewing their goals and...

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Crustacean compassion

Crustacean compassion

Since receiving the grant, the Crustacean compassion campaign has succeeded. Decapods are now legally recognised as sentient (that is, capable of feeling and experiencing sensations such as pain and pleasure) and are protected in all relevant animal welfare...

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Hope for the future

Hope for the future

Before the £5k GAS grant, Hope for the Future (HFTF) was largely a training organisation and local events were not a major part of the organisation’s strategy, nor were they funded as part of HFTF’s work. The grant enabled Hope for the Future to organise constituency...

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