Make a Donation

As a registered charity, Firstsite relies on the generosity of our supporters and funders.

Your donation can help Firstsite remain free and accessible to all, including more than 27,000 young people who visit our exhibitions and take part in our Holiday Fun programme each year.

Support Firstsite and safeguard the future of creativity in Colchester and beyond

Whatever you can give will help inspire the artists of tomorrow and ensure that the creativity of Colchester and East Anglia continues to thrive.

Gift aid

If you are a UK tax payer, Firstsite can claim Gift Aid on your donation, which means an additional 25p for every £1 on all donations. Simply complete the Gift Aid declaration when you donate.


Help keep Firstsite Fantastic, Fun and Free

Select your donation amount below, or type in the amount you’d like to donate:



Other ways to donate

Donate by phone

If you’d prefer to speak to someone, you can make a donation using your credit or debit card by calling 01206 713 700 during opening hours.

Donate by text

Short of time? To donate £5 text “FANTASTIC”  to 70085. Terms and conditions apply.

Donate by cheque, bank transfer or standing order

To pay by cheque, or to set up a regular donation, please call 01206 713 700 during our opening hours to request a form be sent to you.

Donate via Charities Aid Foundation

If you have a Charities Aid Foundation account, you can make a secure donation online via the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) website by searching for ‘Firstsite Charitable Trust’. Alternatively you can post a CAF cheque made payable to ‘Firstsite Charitable Trust’ to: Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH.

Give as You Earn

When you donate through the Give As You Earn scheme, your donation is taken from your pay before tax is deducted, so you save and Firstsite gains.

For example, if you agree to give £10 each month from your gross salary, this will only cost you £8 (at the 20% basic rate of tax) or £6 (at the 40% rate of tax) but Firstsite will receive £10; HMRC will make up the difference.

It’s simple to register with the Give As You Earn scheme:

  • Check with your employer that they offer the payroll giving scheme. You can also search for your employer on the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) register, or call their helpline on 03000 123 000 and they can check for you.
  • If your employer is not already contracted with this scheme, they can register for free by downloading an application pack from the CAF website or telephoning 03000 123 000.

Once your employer is contracted, all you need to do is complete a CAF Donor Instruction Form (available from the CAF website) and give it to your employer.

How your support helps

Your support can help us continue to exhibit the highest quality art and disrupt the way we all experience the world so that we can build new connections, develop ideas and find creative solutions together

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