Wednesday, 24 June 2015


The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which closed to applications in October 2014, has reopened with a new strategy focusing on 6 new priorities relating to the changes it wishes to see in the UK.  The strategy will run from 2015 to 2021.
The Foundation's UK work will focus on achieving the following strategic priorities:
1. Supporting imaginative people to nurture exciting ideas.
2. Widening access and participation in the arts.
3. Improving people's education and learning through the arts.
4. Showing that the arts make a difference to people's lives.
5. Supporting the development and growth of organisations investing in young people and positive change.
6. Improving support for young people who migrate, and strengthen integration so that communities can live well together.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is one of the UK's largest independent grants- makers, allocating around £20 million in grants annually.
The Foundation has designed some new funds to support its new priorities and plans to give £25 million in grants (an increase of £5 million) each year to not-for-profit organisations in the UK working toward these new priorities.
Some of the funds have just opened to applications and others will open in the autumn. It is also continuing with many of its existing programmes.
The following new funds are now open:
Shared Ground Fund offers grants for not-for-profit organisations to test new approaches and explore ways of addressing new migration challenges. There are two different grants: Explore and Test grants, which is open now; More and Better Grants, which will open in the Autumn.
Youth Fund offers core-cost support (grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 for up to two years) to developing not-for-profit organisations working to enable young people to reach their full potential. It is particularly interested in young people aged 14-25 who are in precarious positions and struggling to make critical life transitions because of disadvantage and lack of resources, social exclusion and stigma. Applications may be made at any time.
Access and Participation Fund provides grants for not-for-profit organisations to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. There are two different grants: the Test Fund and the Development Fund.
Ideas and Pioneers Fund is for individuals and teams, including those working within small organisations, which have ideas for improving the life changes and opportunities of individuals and communities.
Arts-based Learning Fund is for arts organisations (charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit companies active in the arts) working with schools, further education colleges and teachers. Applications can be made at any time with three application deadlines each year at the beginning of November, March and June.
The Teacher Development Fund (expected to open in the Autumn) aims to help teachers develop their skills to deliver arts in schools.
Full details can be found on the Paul Hamlyn Foundation's new website.  
(Source: GRIN)

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