Ideas and Pioneers Fund

About you and your idea

The Fund supports people who have an idea in its early stages of development. We will consider funding work to enable you to develop the idea from concept to set-up: this may include problem definition and analysis, scoping, exploratory work and prototyping.

We are looking for new, radical and innovative ideas which contribute to Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s wider commitment to help people realise their full potential. Find out more about PHF’s mission and values here. We also have a particular interest in supporting ideas that are about using technology in innovative ways to tackle social issues.

We prefer to be the first and main funder to support your idea.

Are you eligible?

Applicants can be individuals, small organisations or a small group of independent pioneers (no more than three). If you are applying as an organisation, this Fund is best suited to support small organisations that employ no more than five people (or full-time equivalent). All applications must have an individual lead contact who is closely involved in the work. Pioneers may be hosted by a support or incubator organisation: if so we will look to see that the project has independence from the host (in decision-making, for example).

The key qualities that we look for in pioneers are passion, commitment and resilience. You will be able to demonstrate experience and understanding of the issue/ social change you are seeking to address.

We welcome applications from people who have not received grant funding before and are keen to support people based anywhere in the UK. If you are applying as an individual, you must be aged 18 years or over.

The Fund supports people who have an idea in its early stages of development. We will consider funding work to enable you to develop the idea from concept to set-up: this may include problem definition and analysis, scoping, exploratory work and prototyping.

We are looking for new, radical and innovative ideas which contribute to Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s wider commitment to help people realise their full potential. Find out more about PHF’s mission and values here. We also have a particular interest in supporting ideas that are about using technology in innovative ways to tackle social issues.

We prefer to be the first and main funder to support your idea.

Are you eligible?

Applicants can be individuals, small organisations or a small group of independent pioneers (no more than three). If you are applying as an organisation, this Fund is best suited to support small organisations that employ no more than five people (or full-time equivalent). All applications must have an individual lead contact who is closely involved in the work. Pioneers may be hosted by a support or incubator organisation: if so we will look to see that the project has independence from the host (in decision-making, for example).

The key qualities that we look for in pioneers are passion, commitment and resilience. You will be able to demonstrate experience and understanding of the issue/ social change you are seeking to address.

We welcome applications from people who have not received grant funding before and are keen to support people based anywhere in the UK. If you are applying as an individual, you must be aged 18 years or over.