PH Holt Foundation was established to continue the mission initiated by Philip Holt in 1914. Merseyside was where Philip Holt lived and was the base for his business and charitable interests. The Foundation continues to support a diverse range of causes which benefit the people of Merseyside and contribute to building flourishing communities. The Foundation gives grants according to five priority themes which aim to:
- Create opportunities for people to contribute to their local community
- Break down barriers preventing people taking control over their lives
- Widen access to education for all ages
- Increase engagement in the arts for marginalised or excluded groups
- Encourage care of the natural and built environment
Trustees look favourably on activities which:
- Make Merseyside a better place to live
- Encourage self-help and resilience
- Develop realistic and sustainable plans
- Deliver strategic solutions
- Bring positive change and measurable impact
Who we fund: we fund registered charities operating in Merseyside which meet our priority themes, particularly smaller grass roots organisations or those that find it difficult to raise funds due to the absence of a dedicated fundraiser. All Merseyside charities meeting stated criteria are eligible to apply, whether representing one or all of the boroughs within the metropolitan county. National charities are rarely supported. To be eligible for consideration, the charity’s operations and project in question must be specific to Merseyside.
Organisations outside eligibility criteria: Community Interest Companies, social enterprises, overseas charities, national charities outside eligibility criteria, organisations not in Merseyside, fundraising charities and intermediaries, and charities operating with high levels of reserves.
Activities excluded: Every day running costs, core salaries, general fundraising appeals, recurrent, statutory or retrospective funding, health and medical causes, academic or medical research, grants for holidays, trips, vehicles, sports activities and sponsorship, religious and political causes and campaigning.
Grant amount: Grants are of varying sizes, usually for one year, with the majority falling under £10,000. Our average grant for example is around £5,000. In exceptional cases, we can consider larger grants to an appeal of major regional importance, or to organisations presenting an innovative solution where our support can help get the work off the ground.
In view of the volume of requests, only a fraction of applications meeting criteria receive funding. Trustees have discretionary powers to prioritise applications according to funding constraints. Inevitably, we have to turn away far more applications than we can fund. If you have been refused funding from the Foundation, allow 12 months from a decision being made before re-applying to us. Similarly, charities receiving funding from us, should also allow 12 months to elapse before submitting a new application.
When to apply: applications are considered quarterly. As a rule, allow at least 3-4 months from closing date for a decision to be reached on your application. Complex applications can sometimes take longer, for example if a new project is launching or we are one of a number of potential funders being approached and income has yet to be committed. If your application arrives late or misses an application deadline, it will be considered at the next grant round. This means you may have to wait more than 6 months before we can notify you if your project has been successful.