Paul Hamlyn Foundation -Education and Learning

Status: Open to applications


The Open Grant Scheme supports innovative ways of increasing people's learning.  It funds the development, implementation and dissemination of new ideas to increase learning by people of all ages in the UK

Value Notes

There is no minimum or maximum grant size and applicants should request the amount they need.

The Foundation normally expects the amount requested to be a substantial part of the amount required to fund a distinct activity or a substantial part of the work of the applicant organisation.

The length of grant depends on the activity proposed and its intended outcomes and impact.  The Foundation is keen to allow applicants sufficient time to deliver substantial work and, therefore, tends to fund work for up to three years.  On occasion it may indicate a willingness to consider funding for a longer period up to a maximum of six years, but usually this would comprise an initial grant followed by the applicant making an application for further support at a later date.

Extended Description

This programme funds the development, implementation and dissemination of new ideas that have the potential to make a significant contribution to young people's learning and achievement.

The scheme provides funding in support of projects addressing the following themes:

  • Supplementary education.
  • Developing speaking and listening for 11-19 year olds.
  • Add to the learning - preventing school truancy and exclusion

Latest Information

Applications can be made at any time

Key Criteria

The Foundation will only accept applications from formally constituted organisations.

The purposes for which applicants apply must be legally charitable and an applicant's constitution must allow it to carry out the work proposed.

If an applicant's organisation is not a registered charity or a Community Interest Company, the Foundation may consider it eligible to apply if its constitution establishes it on a not-for-profit basis.

Local authorities and public bodies are eligible to apply.

The Foundation expects all fundees to actively demonstrate values based on mutual respect, tolerance, understanding and appreciation of diversity in our communities

Supplementary education

The Foundation invites applications from supplementary schools themselves and proposals from other not-for-profit organisations that will directly benefit supplementary schools.

Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation tends to make grants that help fund specific activities and, as part of these grants, it will consider funding elements of core running costs, including staff salaries and overheads such as stationery, rent, rates and utilities as per full-cost recovery principles providing the applicant explains how these costs are calculated.

Occasionally the Foundation will support organisations through core grants.  In this case, applicants will need to explain how the funding would be spent and how it will help develop the work and the capacity of the organisation.

Supplementary education

The Foundation wishes to support work of supplementary schools that expect to make a positive impact on young people's academic attainment, achievements, aspirations, life chances and/or their sense of wellbeing and belonging.

Developing speaking and listening skills for 11-19 year olds

The Foundation is particularly interested in the following:

  • Activities that develop, in realistic and ideally 'real world' contexts, the speaking and listening skills that will help young people to achieve at least one of the following outcomes:
    • engage appropriately with the world of work;
    • lead and contribute to positive change in their communities; and
    • resolve misunderstandings, tensions or conflict between groups in their communities
  • Inter-generational work that involves young people working with their families, carers and/or communities.

Add to the learning - preventing school truancy and exclusion

This theme aims to support preventative work that will reduce the chances of children and young people reaching the point of persistent absence or exclusion from school, by enabling those considered to be most at risk of this to achieve and progress alongside their peers.

The Foundation wishes to support work that builds on existing strong models to achieve or stimulate change at a systemic level beyond a single school or local partnership.  For example, proposals may aim to demonstrate an innovative application or delivery mechanism in order to significantly extend the impact or reach of practices that have already been evidenced as successful.


Match Funding Restrictions

The Foundation is unlikely to fund 100% of costs and prefers to make grants where the applicant and/or another funder are contributing, preferably in cash, towards the cost of the activity.


The Foundation will not fund the following:

  • Individuals or proposals for the benefit of one individual.
  • Retrospective funding for work that has already started.
  • General appeals.
  • Proposals solely for buying property, equipment or other capital items.
  • Overseas activities, including travel, expeditions, adventure and residential courses.

The Foundation is unlikely to fund the following:

  • The continuation or expansion or existing provision, unless there are significant elements of innovation and change.
  • Activities that primarily benefit the independent education sector.
  • Endowments.
  • Organisations seeking to use funding to make grants.
  • Websites, publications, seminars unless part of a wider proposal.
  • Market or academic research - unless part of a wider activity.


Application Procedure

Applications should be made using the two-stage online application process. In the first stage, applicants are required to demonstrate the eligibility of the proposed project. The second stage requires more detailed information regarding the project.

Full details are available on the Paul Hamlyn Foundation website.


Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site - please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
5-11 Leeke Street
Telephone:020 7812 3300