Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Ideas and Pioneer fund

paulhamlynfoundationThe Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. 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". Funding of upto £30,000 is available under their Ideas and Pioneers Fund to support people who have an idea with unusual promise to improve the life chances and opportunities of individuals and communities in the UK.



Paul Hamlyn was an entrepreneurial publisher and philanthropist, committed to providing new opportunities and experiences for the less fortunate members of society. The Foundation was established in 1987 with a personal gift of £50 million and bequest most of his estate to it when he died in 2001.


The Foundation places particular focus on supporting both young people and the arts. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Strategy 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.


The funding schemes offered by the PHF are designed to support innovation, give people a voice, work with others and make lasting commitments.


The Foundation has a number of different funds, with their Ideas and Pioneers fund being of particular interest to those engaged in social action ideas.


The Paul Hamlyn Foundation envisions awarding 30 grants each year each lasting upto 18months and for upto £30,000. The 2015 application deadlines are 14 September, 12 October and 9 November.


Applications will be accepted from:

  • Individual pioneers working on their own.
  • Partnerships or small teams of pioneers working independently, ie not as part of an organisation or association.
  • People working in small constituted organisations that employ no more than five people (full time equivalent).
  • Applicants aged 18 and above.

Applications to the Ideas and Pioneers Fund are made online. Applicants will also need to submit:

  • A video lasting up to three minutes, explaining what the idea is and why it should be done.
  • A short written form.
  • An equalities monitoring form.


More information, eligibility and infomation on conditions can be found at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation website