Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

The mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.

The Foundation has a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

There are 6 main strategic priorities:-

  • Nurturing ideas and people – 1 fund is currently available – Ideas and Pioneers Fund
  • Arts access and participation – 3 funds available through the Access and Participation Fund – Explore and Test, More and Better & Ideas and Pioneers Fund
  • Education & learning through the arts – 3 funds available through the Arts Based Learning Fund – Explore and Test, More and Better & Ideas and Pioneers Fund
  • Arts evidence – no funding currently available
  • Investing in young people – 1 fund is currently available through the Youth Fund – Ideas and Pioneers Fund
  • Migration and integration – 3 funds are currently available – Explore and Test, More and Better & Ideas and Pioneers Fund

Success rates for this foundation are small because of the high volume of applications received, so make sure that you research and plan your proposal well.  Due to the high number of applications received and the healthy grant budget the Paul Hamlyn Foundation also has rigorous application processes, and in some cases submitting a video is required.  Brace yourselves if you plan to apply. 

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