Paul Hamlyn Foundation Opens with New UK Grants Strategy – Curious Minds

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Opens with New UK Grants Strategy

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The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced a new strategy,  work in the UK will now focus on achieving six strategic priorities.

  • 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 arts makes 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

The Foundation has designed some new funds to support its new priorities and plans to give £25 million in grants (an increase of £5 million) each year to not-for-profit organisations in the UK working toward these new priorities. Some of the funds have already opened and some will open in the autumn. It is also continuing with many of its existing programmes.

The following new funds are now open:

  • Shared Ground Fund offers grants for not-for-profit organisations to test new approaches and explore ways of addressing new migration challenges. There are two different grants: Explore and Test grants open now; More and Better Grants open in the autumn.
  • Youth Fund offers core-cost support (grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 for up to two years) to developing not-for-profit organisations working to enable young people to reach their full potential. It is particularly interested in young people aged 14-25 who are in precarious positions and struggling to make critical life transitions because of disadvantage and lack of resources, social exclusion and stigma. Applications can be made at any time.
  • Access and Participation Fund provides grants for not-for-profit organisations to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. There are two different grants: Test Fund and Development fund.
  • Ideas and Pioneers Fund is for individuals and teams, including those working within small organisations, which have ideas for improving the life changes and opportunities of individuals and communities.
  • Arts-based Learning Fund is for arts organisations (charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit companies active in the arts) working with schools, further education colleges and teachers. Applications can be made at any time with three application deadlines per year (beginning of November, March and June).
  • The Teacher Development Fund (expected to open in the autumn) aims to help teachers develop their skills to deliver arts in schools.


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