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Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Arts Access and Participation Fund

Fri 13 Nov 2020

There are no deadlines. Applications can be made at any time.


Grants of between £30,000 and £400,000 for activity lasting between 12 months and 4 years with an option to extend for a further period. Most grants are in the £60,000 to £250,000 range.

Pre-application access support and a bursary of up to £500 is available to help groups apply.

The Access and Participation Fund is provided and administered by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF), one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. The Foundation’s mission is ‘to be an effective and independent funder, using its resources to create opportunities and support social change’. The Foundation partners with inspiring organisations and individuals to make sure that people facing disadvantage are at the heart of leading change and designing solutions to overcome inequality.

The Foundation’s funding is focused on six priorities (five in the UK and one in India) where it wishes to see change. These are detailed in the Foundation's current UK Strategy.

The five priorities for the UK are:

  • Investing in young people
  • Migration and integration
  • Arts access and participation
  • Education and learning through the arts
  • Nurturing ideas and people

The Foundation’s commitment to social justice underpins these priorities. There is particular interest in supporting individuals and organisations that share this commitment and in funding that:

  • Strengthens civil society
  • Supports social innovation
  • Champions people’s voice and agency
  • Responds to digital transformation
  • Responds to the climate emergency

The Access and Participation Fund addresses inequalities of opportunity to access and participate in the arts. The Foundation believes in the power of the arts as a force for change and one that enriches people’s lives and communities.

This scheme is aimed at supporting change in the way the arts are created, presented, accessed and experienced so that a wider and more diverse group of people have access to quality artistic practice, both as audiences and participants.

The guidance notes, sample application form and the online application form can be found on the Paul Hamlyn Foundation website.

There is a two-stage application process. The Foundation aims to reach a final decision on applications within four months of receipt of stage 1 applications.

Groups that wish to discuss their proposal may book an optional Enquiry Call with the Arts Access and Participation team.

Contact the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for further information here.