Paul Hamlyn Foundation

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

EIN: 300

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11Builds relationships11Positive leader in the field9Friendly9Insightful9Risk taker8Gives more than money8Openminded7"Gets" nonprofits and issues7Responsive5Culturally sensitive2Difficult to work with2Likes site visits

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Jan 10, 2022

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The first stage application asks lots of organisational questions. There was no request for a business case, or elements there of, yet feedback given was that there was no project information.


Culturally sensitive, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Dec 20, 2021

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Be clear about the impact of your ask.

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Oct 13, 2021

Reviewer UK881 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Do not get your hopes up. It is a very long process. I had thought in getting through to Stage 2 my chances were high and it would be like working with HLF where there is a lot of hand holding and development to get the application over the line. There was some advice and they were lovely, but the advice was not clear enough (ie, ask for what you need, use clear language, give examples of your work) and the feedback was more specific than the advice session. I spent a year on working the partnerships up, speaking to communities and developing the project.

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May 25, 2021

Reviewer UK106 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

You can request an enquiry call in advance, which will clarify the guidelines and the intention for funding. They are very approachable and helpful.


Gives more than money, Friendly, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Feb 16, 2021

Reviewer UK245 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

really helpful and good support

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Feb 11, 2021

Reviewer UK165 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

I was glad I applied, although felt that it was hard to get across my idea in the limited characters per box, plus although I answered the questions to the best of my ability, I didn't feel that I could really share the heart of my project. I'm still new to grant writing, so I'm sure it's just a learning curve. Definitely worthwhile, but time-consuming!


Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Builds relationships

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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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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).


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.


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.


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.

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