Not-for-profit formally constituted organisations based and working in the UK can now apply at any time to the following funds:

  •  Access and Participation Fund provides grants to test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts, with an emphasis on addressing inequalities of opportunity.
  • Arts-based Learning Fund provides grants to encourage the development, use and sustainability of effective arts-based activities in education in order to have a positive effect on children’s lives and learning.
  • Shared Ground Fund provides grants to test new approaches and explore ways of addressing new challenges in the areas of ‘Staying Safe’ (ensuring that young migrants in greatest need can get help and support) and ‘Living Well Together’ (supporting work which helps communities experiencing high levels of migration become stronger and more connected).

Each Fund offers two levels of funding:

  •  ‘Explore and Test’ grants of up to £60,000 for up to two years. Funding is designed to help explore and test both new approaches and ways of addressing new issues.
  • More and Better’ grants of between £100,000 and £600,000 (depending on the Fund) for up to four years.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is one of the UK’s largest independent grant-making foundations. Its 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 Foundation’s funding supports its six strategic priorities, which are:

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

march 2016