PH Holt Foundation – Next deadline 1st February 2017


The PH Holt Foundation, incorporating the Holt Education Trust, is an independent grant-maker supporting local communities, education, the arts, heritage and environment on Merseyside. 

The Foundation provides grants to small and medium sized charities which have the capacity to change lives and to develop flourishing communities across Merseyside.
We give to a range of causes which enable individuals to make a real contribution to where they live, and where we as a grant-maker can add value and impact.
Our aim is to make Merseyside a better place to live.

To be considered for funding, your activity should meet at least one of our priority themes:

Creating opportunities for people to contribute to their local community

Enabling people to overcome barriers and take control over their lives

Widening access to education for people of all ages

Increasing engagement in the arts for marginalised or excluded groups

Encouraging care of the natural and built environment

The majority of our grants are for specific purposes and diverse in nature. Additional qualities trustees look for in an application include:

Making Merseyside a better place to live

Encouraging self-help and resilience

Developing realistic and sustainable plans

Delivering strategic solutions

Bringing positive change and measurable impact

Grants are usually for one year with the majority falling under £10,000 in value. Our average grant for example is around £5,000 but we fund smaller grants and welcome applications from grass roots charities with limited access to funds and who may not have the infrastructure to employ a dedicated fundraiser. In exceptional cases, we can also consider larger requests to an appeal of major importance to Merseyside, or to an organisation presenting an innovative solution, where our support can help get the work off the ground. For any larger grants, we would need evidence of an organisations track record in delivery.

The Foundation also continues to fund projects that fall within the scope of the Holt family heritage, principally charities with an established relationship with the Foundation over many years.

For more information on applying for a grant, download our guidelines PHHolt Grant Criteria 2016

For our application form, download here PHHolt Grant Application 2016

The application deadlines are 1st February, 1st May, 1st August and 1st November.

Who we fund

Registered charities operating in Merseyside which meet our priority themes and that cover all or any part of the metropolitan county. We especially welcome applications from smaller grass roots organisations that find it difficult to attract funds. National charities are rarely supported. To be eligible for consideration, the charity’s operations and project must be specific to Merseyside.

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 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 since we frequently receive far more applications than we can fund. Therefore, it is important in the first instance to study our grant criteria to ascertain if your project is eligible for funding. If you wish to discuss your proposal with us before submitting, you are welcome to contact the office for an initial conversation.

To make an application for a grant, download our Grant Form and return your completed application by email, with a copy of your latest Annual Report and Accounts to [email protected]

When to Apply

Applications are considered quarterly. As a rule, allow 3-4 months from closing date for a funding decision to be reached by the trustees. 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.

For all the information and to apply please go to the funders website here.


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