Tuesday, 8 September 2015


The Ideas and Pioneers Fund provides grants for individuals and teams to support the early development of ideas with unusual promise to improve the life chances and opportunities of individuals and communities in the UK.
Grants of up to £30,000 are available for up to 18 months. ThePaul Hamyn Foundation aims to make around 30 awards each year.
The Foundation'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. Its Strategy 2015 identifies six strategic priorities relating to changes the Foundation wishes to see in the UK. These are:
o To support imaginative people to nurture exciting ideas.
o To widen access and participation in the arts.
o To improve people’s education and learning through the arts.
o To show that the arts make a difference to people’s lives.
o To support the development and growth of organisations investing in young people and positive change.
o To improve support for young people who migrate, and strengthen integration so that communities can live well together.
The Ideas and Pioneers Fund provides seed funding for social change. Funding is available for:
o Ideas that relate closely to the Foundation's charitable mission, which is focussed around helping people to overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.
o Ideas that are in the early stages of development, although some initial work should have already been done.
o Ideas that have not currently received funding from any other funding bodies, although applicants might have applied elsewhere.
o Ideas that will not require follow on funding.
o Ideas that may require a risk, as the Foundation recognises that some ideas are not going to work out.
Funding is available for a wide range of things that might be needed to get the idea off the ground, and the Foundation will consider funding work that will enable applicants to develop the idea from concept to set-up, including problem definition and analysis, scoping, exploratory work, and prototyping.
Applications will be accepted from:
o Individual pioneers working on their own.
o Partnerships or small teams of pioneers working independently (i.e. not as part of an organisation or association).
o People working in small constituted organisations that employ no more than five people (full time equivalent).
o Applicants aged 18 and above.
PLEASE NOTE: priority will be given to applicants who haven't applied to the Foundation before.
The 2015 application deadlines are Monday 14 September, Monday 12 October and Monday 9 November.
Applications to the Ideas and Pioneers Fund must be made online and applicants are required to submit:
o A video lasting up to three minutes, explaining what the idea is and why it should be done.
o A short written form.
o An equalities monitoring form.
For further information on how to apply, visit the Foundation’s webpage on the Ideas and Pioneers Fund.
Contact details for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation are:
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
5-11 Leeke Street
London WC1X 9HY
Tel: 020 7812 3300
(Source: GRIN)

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