Apply for Grant Funding

We welcome applications from small and medium sized Merseyside charities operating in any of the five Merseyside boroughs. Our funding can help strengthen local communities and keep vital charity services running.

Who we will fund

To be eligible for a grant, you must be a small or medium sized charity in Merseyside. Check out our criteria for further details 2021 PH Holt Grant Criteria

What we fund

  • New or existing projects
  • Capacity building
  • Volunteer or beneficiary costs
  • Advice and support services
  • Building improvement and equipment

In addition, we recognise some of the best work takes place in communities with limited access to grants and can consider funding towards the core costs of small local grass roots charities (turnover under £100,000).

 What we look for when awarding grants

  • Actions that build or strengthen communities
  • Activities that make a real and positive impact
  • New approaches to tackle emerging or persistent challenges
  • Activities that promote self-help and resilience

How much do we give to each successful project

  • Grants are usually for one year and range from £500 to a maximum of £10,000 for projects generating significant impact.
  • Our average grant is £5,000 as the Foundation prefers to support a wide range of causes.
  • In the case of charities previously supported, we may consider a small number of applications running over two or three years, but this is subject to prior discussion with the Foundation.
  • We are open Wednesday to Friday and are more than happy to give further advice – call 0151 237 2663 if you would like to speak to us.

How soon can a decision be reached?

  • We review applications quarterly and aim to make decisions within three to four months of receipt.


  • Download our application form 2021 Holt Grant Application
  • Return your completed application by email as we are unable to accept submissions sent by post.
  • Make sure you include your latest Annual Report and Accounts, a recent bank statement, and relevant Safeguarding Policy.
  • The address to use: [email protected]

Unsuccessful applications

  • Unfortunately, we cannot help every charity even though your work may fall within eligible criteria as we receive far more applications than we are able to fund.
  • If you have been refused funding, allow at least 12 months to elapse before re-applying to the Foundation.

 Categories we do not consider

  • National charities
  • Organisations enjoying widespread support
  • Activities of a statutory nature
  • Non charitable or commercial endeavours
  • Work that has already taken place
  • Umbrella charities that do not deliver services
  • Scientific and medical research
  • Grants to individuals and certain uniformed groups
  • One off holidays, trips, and sponsorship of individuals or events
  • Religious and political causes
  • General charity appeals or mail-shots



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