Paul Hamlyn Foundation publishes review of its grant-making activities

The charity gave out 216 grants totalling £18.1m in the 2016/17 financial year

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has published publicly for the first time a review of its grant-making as part of its commitment to share evidence with the charity sector.

The Review of UK Grant-Making, published today, provides an update on how PHF is addressing its six strategic priorities in the UK, originally set in 2015.

The six strategic priorities are: widening access and participation in the arts; improving education and learning through the arts; showing that the arts make a difference; investing in young people; and supporting young people who migrate.

The report shows that a total of £65m was requested from the foundation in the financial year 2016/2017 and that 216 grants were awarded, totalling £18.1m. The mean average grant award was £84,000 and the median was £58,000.

The foundation’s Youth Fund had the highest number of applications, receiving more than 300 in 2016/17, but only around 40 were successful. Its Ideas & Pioneers fund received the second-highest number, receiving more than 150 applications, of which around 40 received grants.

Projects that address the strategic priority of widening access and participation in the arts were awarded the most funding in 2016/17, receiving £4.5m. This was followed projects that invest in young people, which received around £3.7m. Projects addressing the strategic priority of nurturing ideas and people received the least funding, securing around £800,000.

The review also provides a geographical breakdown of how the foundation’s grants were awarded in 2016/17. Projects operating only in England (excluding London) were awarded the most grants (60), followed by UK-wide projects (48). The third-highest region was London, which had 36 successful applicants. The lowest number of grants were awarded in Northern Ireland (8), Scotland (9) and Wales (9).  

The foundation said that the review will inform how best to support grantees and the wider sector, and help it to refine its grant-making processes over the coming year.

Tom Wylie, a trustee and chair of the foundation’s Evidence and Learning Advisory Group, said in a statement: "I am pleased to chair the advisory group that we set up to help PHF and others develop good practice in the use of evidence and learning, so that together we can improve the ways in which we work."  

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