Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Funding priority

They fund work that fits into one of their six strategic priorities:

  • Supporting imaginative people to nurture exciting ideas
  • Widening access and participation in the arts
  • Improving people’s education and learning through the arts
  • Showing that the arts make a difference to people’s lives
  • Supporting the development and growth of organisations investing in young people and positive change
  • Improving support for young people who migrate, and strengthening integration so that communities can live well together

They also fund work in India.


Varies according to fund

Type of funder

Charitable trust or foundation

Who can apply

Each fund has specific eligibility requirements - check website for details. But in general they fund registered charities and other legally charitable work including CICs and charitable projects by individuals.


They do not fund:

Activity that is not legally charitable
Activity that involves breaking any UK laws
Work that has already been delivered
Proposals that are only for the benefit of one individual
Individuals under the age of 18
Websites, publications or seminars, unless part of a wider proposal
General fundraising appeals, letters requesting donations and other non-specific funding requests
Proposals that we have previously considered in the past 12 months and turned down
Proposals which are mainly about property or other capital items, including the restoration or conservation of buildings or habitats
Proposals which are mainly about equipment
Promotion of religion
Proposals that benefit people living outside the UK (except for the priority geographical areas of our India Programme)
Academic research, scholarships, bursaries, or any kind of student fees
Overseas travel, including expeditions, adventure and residential courses
Loan and/or debt repayments

Funding Type

  1. Capital expenditure
  2. One-off
  3. Project
  4. Regular
  5. Running costs

Grant details

Each of fund has a specific range which you can check on the website, but as an indicative summary:

  • Ideas and Pioneers typically offers grants up to £10,000
  • Youth Fund typically makes grants of £60,000 over two years
  • ‘Explore and Test’ grants are usually in the range of £20,000 to £60,000, for a period of up to two years
  • ‘More and Better’ grants are usually in the range of £100,000 to £400,000 over 4 years

Apply 4-6 months before you need the funding.

Size of grant

  1. Large (£50,000 and up)
  2. Medium (£10,000 - £50,000)
  3. Small (£1 - £10,000)

Application details

Each of the funds has a different online application process. Some accept applications on a rolling basis, while others have fixed deadlines. The relevant guidelines and application forms can be found in each section of the website.

Apply 4-6 months before you need the funding.

Contact Details


5-11 Leeke Street


Telephone Number

020 7812 3300


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