How to Apply

How to Apply

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

Who we fund

Registered charities meeting our priority themes and operating in any part of Merseyside.

Grant Amount

Grants are usually in the range of £1000 to £20,000.  These are normally for a single year, but we can also consider a limited number of applications for grants to be spread over the life of multi-year projects.  In special cases, we can also consider larger grants to an appeal of major importance.

Our Criteria for Awarding Grants

In theory we will consider any application for charitable work on Merseyside, but the Trustees operate under the following guidelines.

We only award grants to registered charities

Historically we have tended to support local charities, but we will also support national charities providing the grant is specifically used to fund work on Merseyside, and ideally if it can be shown that our grant will be matched by funding from outside the area.

We will not fund general running costs of larger charities, but we might consider doing so for a small local charity if they are able to show that those costs relate directly to their work on the ground.  We do not want to encourage the creation of ‘artificial projects’ in an effort to obtain our funding.

Finally, a very few categories that we will not consider

Religious and Political causes

General fundraising appeals

Sponsorship of individuals

Medical Research

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.

Click here to download our application form 2018-PHHolt-Grant-Application

Click here to download our written criteria 2018 Criteria

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

Unsuccessful Applications

We get more applications than we can fund, and an application can still be turned down for funding, despite meeting our criteria, simply due to the volume of applications we receive. If you have been refused funding from the Foundation, allow at least 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 from our last grant cheque before making a new application.

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