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The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF)

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is a company limited by guarantee (No. 5042279) and is a registered charity (No. 1102927) at U.K. Its primary concern is to address issues of inequality and disadvanse, particularly in relation to young people, through the arts, learning and education.


Paul Hamlyn

Paul Hamlyn, entrepreneurial publisher and philanthropist, set up his original charitable Foundation in 1972 and enlarged it substantially in 1987 with a personal gift of U.K. Pound 50 million. From the outset his overriding concern was to open up the arts and education to everyone, but particularly to young people.


Although Paul Hamlyn died in August 2001, his view of the Foundation’s purpose remains at the heart of all our grant giving. His magnificent, bequest of his residual estate to the Foundation is being used to build on that approach.


Priority areas


The Arts


Increasing Access to the Arts

The Foundation is interested in supporting arts initiatives in the UK which address inequality of access and opportunity, particularly among young people, including those ‘at risk’ and young offenders


Education and Learning

The Foundation has a strong interest in combating disaffection and alienation in young people and supports initiatives which try to tackle these issues by encouraging learning and creativity.


Publishing Training Schemes Administered by the Publishing Training Centre The Foundation’s training grants schemes provide much needed support which focuses on:

>  Making skills training available to small publishers (employing ten people or fewer) and freelances who do not have access to the training which some large companies offer.

>  Providing publishing training for the voluntary sector.


For information and application forms please click on the link below. Publishing Training Schemes.



Direct support is given to local projects in India, run by Indian organisations. The Foundation does not support UK organisations working in India. Support focuses on the following areas:

>  development schemes

>  programmes to strengthen NGO’s through training.

>  schemes which benefit disadvantaged children.

Initial consideration of all applications is by the Foundation’s adviser in India, Ajit Chaudhuri, who can be contacted at : [email protected]


Small Grants Programme

Awards up to U.K. Pound 5,000 are made to local schemes that fall within the Foundation’s priority areas. Applications should be for specific projects rather than revenue or deficit funding. The grant requested should represent the major part of the funding required.


Grants will be made for one year only and applications in the following year from the same organisation will not be considered.


How to apply

There is no standard application form but applicants should refer to the ‘Making an Application’ section on page 8 of our Guidance Notes (to download see below). All applications must be accompanied by a Project Details Form which is available either by post from the Foundation or downloaded as a PDF file (see below).


Guidance Notes

Project Details Form

The Foundation was established in 1987 by Paul Hamlyn the publisher and philanthropist who died in 2001. His overriding concern was to address issues of inequality and disadvantage, particularly in relation to young people, and this is the focus of the Foundation’s grant giving programmes. Support is concentrated on projects in the UK which address these issues through the arts and educations. The Foundation also supports a number of local projects in India which are developed by Indian NGOs.


These guidance notes set out the Foundation’s priority areas for funding and should help you to decide whether to make an application for funding. The Foundation also runs its own special projects which focus on areas where there is an urgent need for positive change. These may lie outside the published priorities.


We are happy to receive exploratory phone calls or letters describing your work before you consider making a formal application to the Foundation. We are glad to comment on ideas at an early stage.


There is no standard application form but applicants must address all the questions on page 8 of these notes and complete the enclosed Project Details Form which can also be downloaded from the Foundation’s website.


The Foundation welcomes applications from minority ethnic groups and from organisations based outside London.


For further information about the work of the Foundation, and its special Projects visit :



The Foundation gives direct support to local projects in India, run be Indian organisations. It does not support UK organisations working in India. Focus is on the following areas :

>  Development schemes.

>  Programmes to strengthen NGO’s generally through training information exchange and networking.

>  Scheme which benefit disadvantaged children.


Initial consideration of applications is by the Foundation’s adviser in India. Ajit Chaudhuri, who can be contacted by e-mail at: achaudhuri@hotmail. corn. The funding exclusions described on page 7 of these notes apply equally to projects in India.


The Foundation will only exceptionally consider applications which fall outside its declared areas of interest and priority. lt only considers supporting staff posts as part of a project which falls within its priority areas. Funding from the Foundation is normally for a maximum of three years.


The Foundation does not make grants for any of the following:


>  Genera! appeals or endowments.

>  Capital project.

>  Buying, maintaining or refurbishing properly or equipment.

>  Support for individuals, except where the Foundation has established a special scheme.

>  Performances, production costs, exhibitions, resource packs and publications.

>  Large national charities.

>  Medical causes.

>  Applications for retrospective funding.

>  Organisations which do not have charitable purpose.

>  Research.


If you want to make an application :

>  Talk to us first, or send an outline letter.

>  Complete the enclosed Project Details Form.

>  Write no more than five single sides ofA4 (unbound), with a further page for the budget. Supporting information may be supplied in appendices, but the main statement should be self contained and provide the essential information required by the Trustees.


This should include:

>  what sort of organisation you are.

>  what is the general aim of the project and its specific objectives.

>  how it is to be done and by whom.

>  what problems you anticipate in doing it.

>  whom it is intended to benefit and how many.

>  when it will start and how long it will take.

>  how much money you need and for what purposes-salaries, rent, administration and so forth.

>  how other interested parties will be informed of the outcome.

>  how you will know whether or not it has succeeded.

>  which other fonder you have approached and with what success.

>  if you will need funding beyond the period of the grant, where it is to come from.



Please enclose with your application a copy of your most recent annual report and financial statement, and details of the management and staffing structure, including trustees.

Applications sent by e-mail or facsimile will not be accepted.


Applications will acknowledged when received but it may take some time to assess them. This may involve correspondence and meetings between staff and applicants and will involve consultation with the Trustees, advisers and independent referees.


Applications for sums of U.K. Pound 5,000 or less are handled by a Small Grants Committee which meets monthly, except August and December. Grants will be made for one year only and applications in consecutive years from the same organisations will not normally be considered. Applications received by the first Friday of each month except August and December, will be dealt with in the same month, otherwise the following month, ideally, applications should be submitted at least two months prior to the commencement date of the project.


A second Grants Committee, which meets four times a year. deals with applications for sums from U.K. Pound 5,000 to U.K. Pound 30,OOO.Creneraly these meetings take place in January, April, July and October. Applications should reach the Foundation in the first week of the preceding month.


Applications for sums above U.K. Pound 30,000 will be considered at the quarterly Trustees Meetings. In 2004 it would have taken place in February, May, September and November. The closing date for applications is the first week of the proceeding month. Applications in excess of U.K. Pound 100.000 will be considered in two stages. Trustees will look at an application in principle at a first meeting and, if they wish to take it forward, the full application will be considered at their next meeting.


Although we endeavor to consider applications received by the given closing date of the next relevant meeting we cannot guarantee that applications will be considered at any particular meeting.


How to contact us


Contact Details

Postal Address

18 Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW IH 9AA, Tel : 020 7227 3500, Fax : 020 7222 0601

email : [email protected] , website :



Mr. Ajit Chaudhuri, J-1863, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi 110 019, email: [email protected]


(Financial support broadly for health, edn, disabilities, shelter, street-children etc. The applicant must be a FCRA holder, no connection to political or religious activities and having internal commitments to excellent honesty. The geographical overage is whole of India. Please contact by email or post your concept note or outline letter first)