Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Youth Fund

Status: Open to applications


Grants are available to help ‘asset based’ organisations working with young people cover their core operating costs in order to become better prepared for achieving more.


Maximum Value:£ 60,000
Minimum Value:£ 10,000

Value Notes

Grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 are available for up to two years.

There is the possibility of renewal in exceptional cases.

Extended Description

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations 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 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”. 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.

Latest Information

The Youth Fund is now open. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Key Criteria

Not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply. All organisations must also:

  • Be formally constituted.
  • Ensure that a significant amount of their work benefits young people aged 14-25.
  • Work in the UK.
  • Work at either local, regional or national levels, or at more than one level.
  • Provide direct services and/or second-tier support.

Priority will be given to organisations working in areas of social and economic deprivation outside of London.

Organisations must be able to demonstrate that the group:

  • Seeks to build on and develop young people’s strengths and talents, helping them to reach their potential.
  • Is strongly committed to youth participation and voice and working in partnership with young people.
  • Supports young people to understand and realise their rights and entitlements.
  • Collaborates with others to improve the lives of young people, including working across sector boundaries.
  • Has a positive impact and has the potential to achieve more – perhaps through replication of the organisation’s approach, but also through spreading practice and knowledge, and influencing policy.
  • Is committed to using data and evidence to improve outcomes and increase the organisation’s impact.

The Fund will be restricted to organisations which have the potential to grow their impact by:

  • Replicating a programme or service
  • Widening the reach of an idea or innovation
  • Spreading a technology or skill
  • Advancing policy or enhancing its implementation

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available to cover the core costs of an organisations work.

PHF will fund organisations whose main purpose is about helping those in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging, and those who are most vulnerable. This includes young people in the following circumstances:

  • Poverty and lack of income.
  • Unemployment and poor employment prospects or insecure attachment to the labour market.
  • Discrimination, for example on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion.
  • Being stigmatised by others, including the media.
  • Experience of abuse, victimisation or exploitation.
  • Homelessness.
  • Trouble with the law and involvement in the criminal justice system.
  • Becoming a parent at a young age and lacking support.
  • Lacking support with mental health and wellbeing.
  • Lacking support to manage having a learning disability.
  • Experience of the care system or kinship care, family mental health or addiction problems.
  • Struggling with addiction or a stigmatising health condition.

Examples of what funding can be used for include:

  • Part-funding of the salary of a key individual, whether the Chief Executive or a post such as a Head of Operations/Finance,
  • Additional fundraising or income generation capacity.
  • Upgrading IT systems or website to reach young people online.
  • Installing a new database to capture data on the organisation’s impact.
  • Staff training or development.
  • Running costs including utilities and other bills.


Funding is not available for:

  • Newly registered organisations that have yet to produce independently audited/ examined accounts.
  • Organisations that do not provide direct services or second-tier support.
  • Organisations with an income below £25,000 or above £5 million.
  • Organisations that already have an active grant with the Youth Fund (unless invited by the PHF to submit a bid for renewal funding).
  • Specific projects.
  • Proposals that are only for the benefit of one individual.
  • Websites, publications or seminars, unless part of a wider proposal.
  • Retrospective funding.
  • General appeals.
  • Property proposals for equipment or other capital items, including the restoration or conservation of buildings or habitats.
  • Overseas travel, expeditions, adventure and residential courses.
  • Promotion of religious beliefs.
  • Animal welfare.
  • Medical/health/residential or day care.
  • Proposals that benefit people living outside the UK.
  • Organisations that do not have a formal constitution.
  • Activity that is not legally charitable.
  • More than one proposal to us from an individual, team or organisation at any one time.
  • Academic research, scholarships, bursaries, or any kind of student fees.
  • Loan and/or debt repayments.

Application Procedure

An application form containing a set of standard questions is available to complete online.

Contact the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for further information.

Addresses and contacts

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