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a wider and more diverse group of people have access to quality artistic practice.


Aims/priorities: The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) is interested in ensuring that a wider and more diverse group of people have access to quality artistic practice.

PHF wants to use their funding to support organisations to test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. PHF will consider applications for:

New ways of working, or work with new audiences and participants that aim to uncover alternative models of engagement – together with a strong commitment to learning about these approaches and sharing your learning

  • Work that involves any of the following: crafts, dance, design, digital arts and media, film, literature (including creative writing and poetry), music, opera, photography, theatre, the visual arts, and cross-arts practices
  • Work that is focused on improving access to the arts as a social good in itself, promoting enjoyment, increased attendance and participation by people facing disadvantage and inequality of access
  • Work that is focused on increasing arts access for people who may face barriers to participation due to disability or a health condition
  • Work that uses access to and participation in the arts to promote social justice (e.g. by achieving outcomes such as personal development, employability, educational attainment, social development, community cohesion, well-being, etc.)
  • Work that develops excellence in participatory practice for example, by including an element of training for artists working in participatory settings
  • Work that supports organisations to embed digital solutions in widening access and participation in the arts

Who can apply? Not-for-profit organisations, of any size, working anywhere in the UK

Grant amount: The Access and Participation Fund offers two levels of funding:

  • ‘Explore and Test’ grants of up to £60,000 for up to two years. Funding is designed to help explore and test both new approaches and ways of addressing new issues. Up to 20% of the grant may be allocated as a contribution to organisational running costs
  • ‘More and Better’ grants of up to £400,000 for up to four years. Funding is intended to increase the impact and effectiveness of work which has already shown promise or positive impact

Application process: Applications must be completed online

Deadline: Applications can be made at any time

Contact information: Tel: 020 7812 3300 Email: [email protected]

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