Paul Hamlyn Foundation

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

EIN: 300

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12Builds relationships11Positive leader in the field9Friendly9Insightful9Risk taker8"Gets" nonprofits and issues8Gives more than money8Openminded7Responsive5Culturally sensitive3Difficult to work with2Likes site visits

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Jul 28, 2022

Reviewer UK583 - Grant Writer - Eqixok Aqilianuy

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Jul 13, 2022

Reviewer UK848 - Grant Writer - Legobo Osetmecu

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Jun 23, 2022

Reviewer UK462 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

This is related to 2021/22 not 2019 as anything after 2019 does not seem to be an option. After a 9 month process during which communication was very limited we were delighted to be asked through to the second stage. This resulted in a significant amount more work on the specific questions asked of us alongside the standard 2nd stage questions. This was alongside the NPO application we had to put together. We were then suddenly handed over to someone new who had not been involved in our first stage interview so hadn't met or taken time to get to know us. After spending many days pulling the info together and submitting it as agreed we received an email to tell us the grants team had decided we weren't strong enough to be presented to panel. One of the reasons being that we were based in London and the fund was looking to prioritise outside of London. This was something known from the start. We are a diverse led charity and a very small team; it would have been much better if we hadn't been put through to the second stage. The whole experience has been very disheartening and not an example of good practice as a funder.


Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic

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May 17, 2022

Reviewer UK360 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

think very hard before using your small resources as we received conflicting guidence over multiple applications
think very hard before applying if you are not in England, especially outside the big cities


Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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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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