Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Youth Fund

Grants are available to help organisations employing ‘asset-based approaches’ to working with young people, to cover their core-operating costs in order to become better prepared for achieving more. Grants of between £30,000 and £60,000 are available for up to two years. There is the possibility of renewal in exceptional cases. PHF expects to make around 30 awards per year. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The PHF’s 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 places particular focus on supporting both young people and the arts. The latest strategy published by the Foundation, in 2015, identifies six strategic priorities relating to changes the PHF wishes to see in the UK.

These are:

  • To support imaginative people to nurture exciting ideas.
  • To widen access and participation in the arts.
  • To improve people’s education and learning through the arts.
  • To show that the arts make a difference to people’s lives.
  • To support the development and growth of organisations investing in young people and positive change.
  • To improve support for young people who migrate, and strengthen integration so that communities can live well together.

There is a two-stage application process. An application form containing a set of standard questions is available to complete online. Succcessful applicants at this stage will be invited to the second stage, when PHF will ask them to submit further information and will arrange a meeting, visit or phone call with the organisation’s Chief Executive.

Contact the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for further information by telephone on 020 7812 3300, email on View the foundation’s website for further details at

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