What we fund

What we fund

We welcome applications from Merseyside based charities operating in any of the five Merseyside boroughs.

Our funding can help strengthen local communities and keep vital charity services running. To be eligible for a grant, you must be a small or medium sized charity headquartered in Merseyside with an income under £1 million.

What we fund

  • New or existing activities
  • Equipment or building improvements
  • Volunteer or beneficiary costs
  • Community or outreach programmes
  • Advice, information, or advocacy services
  • Mental health projects
  • Core costs to retain qualified staff or to deliver work which builds upon expertise

What we look for when awarding grants

  • Actions that build or strengthen communities
  • Activities that make a positive difference to people’s lives
  • Activities that promote self-help and resilience
  • Clear, well-considered solutions

How much do we give to each successful project

Grants are usually for one year and range from £1,000 to a maximum of £10,000 for exceptional work. 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.

In addition, we recognise that some of the best work takes place in communities with limited access to grants and can consider funding core running costs of small local charities (turnover under £50,000).

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 as they are received and aim to make decisions on funding within three to four months of submission. Check out our criteria for further details 2021 PH Holt Main Grant Criteria


  • Download our application form 2021 Holt Main Grant Application
  • Return your completed application by email – 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]

Categories we do not consider

  • National charities, CIC’s or social enterprises
  • Charities not headquartered in Merseyside or those enjoying widespread public support
  • Activities that are the responsibility of the state
  • Work that has already taken place
  • Intermediary or fundraising charities providing no direct services
  • Medical research or hospital equipment
  • Individuals or uniform groups
  • One off holidays, trips, and sponsorship of individuals or events
  • General charity appeals
  • Religious or political causes
  • Sponsorship of individuals or events
  • Individuals or uniform groups

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.


PH Holt Foundation is an independent grant maker helping to create a better future for the people of  Merseyside


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