Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Location: 5-11 Leeke St, , WC1X 9HY London

EIN: 300

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Top descriptors for this funder

10Positive leader in the field9Builds relationships9Insightful9Risk taker8Openminded7Friendly7Gives more than money6"Gets" nonprofits and issues6Responsive4Culturally sensitive2Difficult to work with2Likes site visits

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Mar 26, 2020

Reviewer UK921 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

There are a lot of funds -however, a lot of time should be spent to estimate which fund to apply.

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Responsive

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Feb 27, 2020

Reviewer UK399 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

PHF are a good place to go if you want to create conditions for change - but you should understand the priorities of the funder and ensure you have the right fund. Be clear about what you are trying to do and evidence your ideas backed up by the reality of the contact you are in,
Don't expect much contact during your grant funded period - it is quite difficult to talk to anyone (I tried a few times but was directed to email).

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

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Response from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Feb 27, 2020

Thank you for your review – we're sorry to hear that you were unable to set up a call with us. We’ll feed this back to our teams and consider what we can do to improve our processes.

Jan 29, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Make sure you read all the guidelines and information and weigh up the time needed to complete all the requirements versus likelihood of funding.

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Difficult to work with

Jan 22, 2020

Reviewer UK386 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Shut yourself away for a week or two with a solid project and get writing.

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Openminded, Responsive

Response from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Jan 23, 2020

We appreciate the significant amount of work that goes into making an application - as we receive over 1000 applications each year, unfortunately there are many projects that won’t receive funding. Thank you for your constructive suggestion, we will log this with our teams and consider how we can address this going forwards.

Nov 28, 2019

Reviewer UK388 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Fantastic funder.
Interactive with grantees but not overly involved.
Approachable, honest.
They really care about you achieving the best you can from their funding.
They will support you as much as you want them to.
Totally thrilled with our grant

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

Response from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Nov 28, 2019

Great to hear that you found the team to be approachable and responsive – thanks for your review.

Nov 28, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

it's difficult if you are small and independent organisation. It often feels that PHF grant officers and the organisations they have been funding for a long time are very cliquey.

Cons

Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Risk averse

Response from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Nov 28, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not feel well supported - we aim to develop good relationships with the people and organisations we fund, and we will share your thoughts with the team.

Nov 26, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

Do you research, there is lots of information on their website. They were very supportive of innovative ideas and once we got past round one the discussion we had with the grant officers was really useful even though it was part of the decision making process. They really listened to us and understood our work, rather than trying to force their objectives onto us we were able to deliver the project that we knew was needed which made a refreshing change.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

Response from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Nov 28, 2019

Many thanks for sharing your experience with us – glad to know that you felt so supported by the grants team and that the training and convening opportunities proved valuable.

Oct 17, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Read the strategy documents and blogs about their work - it's full of what they're trying to achieve so you can position your work in relation to that.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships

Response from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Oct 22, 2019

Thanks for your review – so pleased that the blogs and publications on the site helped you during the application process.

Jul 12, 2019

Reviewer UK345 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

PHF are very interested to know how the funding will benefit the whole organisation, to enable growth and how young people will be involved throughout the process.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Insightful, Builds relationships, Openminded

Response from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Jul 19, 2019

Really glad to hear that you have found convening opportunities to be helpful and feel supported. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Jul 08, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

PHF are a very relationship focused funder that welcomes and encourages an open dialogue.
Ours is a unique relationship as we are one of very few recipients of an endowment fund that has been in place for over 7 years so it would possibly be a different process for grant recipients.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

Response from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Jul 19, 2019

It’s great to know that you feel so supported by the Foundation, thank you for sharing your experience.

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