We have four grant rounds across the year and applications must reach us before 9am on 1st January, April, July or October

Prior to submitting an application to the Foundation, we recommend that you telephone in advance of a deadline to check that your project is eligible and meets our funding priorities. We are open three days a week to provide advice and guidance to charities seeking funding, especially smaller organisations, or those applying to us for the first time.

Who we fund

 Registered charities in Merseyside meeting one or more of our priority themes.

Grant amount

Grants start at £1,000 with most awards falling between £5,000-£10,000.  These are normally for a single year, but we can consider a limited number spread over 2-3 years. Contact the Foundation during office hours, Wednesday to Friday, prior to submitting for further advice.

Grant criteria

We award grants to registered charities only and do not fund CIC’s or social enterprises.

We prefer to support small and medium sized charities with strong connections to their communities, funding new or existing work. Some of the best work routinely takes place in communities with limited access to grants, and under these circumstances we may consider funding the core costs of a small Merseyside charity which lacks capacity.

We do not, as a general rule, fund national charities. However, we may consider applications from national charities headquartered in Merseyside, or whose federated structure allows for local autonomy of decision making and spending in the region. For clarity, please contact us before submitting any application.

What we do not consider

Core operating costs of national charities

Creation of ‘artificial projects’ in an effort to obtain funding

Religious and political causes

General fundraising appeals

Sponsorship of individuals

Medical research

When to apply

Applications are considered quarterly. Allow 3-4 months from a closing date for a funding decision to be reached. Complex applications can take 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.


Download our application and return by email, with a copy of your latest Annual Report and Accounts and Safeguarding Policy to:

Download our application form 2019 PHHolt Grant Application V1.8

Download our grant criteria here 2019-PHHolt-Grant Criteria

Download our information leaflet here PHHolt_A5_leaflet

Unsuccessful applications

We receive far more applications than we are able to fund and requests can still be refused despite meeting the criteria. If you have been refused funding, allow at least 12 months to elapse before re-applying to the Foundation.

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