Application process


The Peter Harrison Foundation operates a two-stage application process:

Step 1: Initial Enquiry

Please read the information about Eligibility and Grant Programmes carefully.  The majority of queries raised by applicants are answered on our FAQs page.   It is important to ensure that your charity and your particular project meet our grants criteria before you contact us.  If you would like to look first at the Application Questions on the Initial Enquiry Form please click here Application Questions (pdf file).

If your organisation is eligible to apply and you feel your project fits one of the two grant programmes that are open to applications (i. Opportunities Through Sport, or ii. Special Needs and Care for Children and Young People), then please complete our online Initial Enquiry Form.
Please click here to access the online Initial Enquiry Form.

On submission of your form you will be send an email confirming receipt.

The Trustees of the Peter Harrison Foundation customarily meet three times a year, in Spring, Summer and Autumn.  Although the Foundation endeavours to respond to grant enquiries in a timely manner, in practice the lead time between an online Initial Enquiry and the successful award of a grant is likely to be between three and six months.  An Initial Enquiry Form submitted, for example, in December may result in a full application being considered by the Trustees in March, whereas one submitted in January would probably miss the 'cut-off' point for March and not go forward until the summer.  These dates are not fixed so this is intended only as a guide to likely lead times.

Initial Enquiries are first assessed by the Foundation’s staff.  If the Foundation Director feels the project may be of interest to the Trustees, he will arrange either to visit your project or to conduct a telephone discussion with you about it.  Depending on the outcome of these discussions, you may then be invited to submit a full application.

If your Initial Enquiry is not successful we will let you know by email.  PLEASE NOTE: We regret that we are unable to provide feedback explaining why a particular proposal was unsuccessful Unfortunately, the Foundation receives many more requests for funding than we are able to support and we regret that we have to turn down many good proposals, even though they may meet our criteria.

Step 2: Full Application

You will only be asked to complete a full application if your Initial Enquiry has been successful.  The application form will be sent to you by email.

The completed application will be assessed by the Foundation Director who will make a report and recommendation on your application to the Trustees.

The Trustees hold regular meetings to consider these reports. 


If your application is successful, we will normally contact you by telephone and then send you a Grant Offer letter.

The letter will explain the conditions which apply to all grant awards and also set out any special conditions which apply to your charity. We will also explain how and when your charity will receive its grant, and how payment is made.


We will contact you to let you know if your application is not successful. The main reason for not funding projects is that we receive many more applications than we can support and we inevitably have to disappoint many of the charities that apply to us.


Charities supported by the Foundation are required to show how they have used the grant and, depending on the grant amount and the nature of the project, may be asked to undertake a review and evaluation of the project being funded. This will normally be on completion of the project, but for charities receiving their grant in several instalments we usually ask for interim progress reports.

Full details of the monitoring information required are given in the Foundation's grant offer letter.


The Peter Harrison Foundation aims to ensure that all grant applications that are eligible for consideration within the Foundation's grants criteria are given equal consideration, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, or disability.


To comply with this Act, we require your consent to use personal data including photographs supplied by you in the processing and review of (i) your initial enquiry and (ii) your full application. This includes transfer to and use by such individuals and organisations as the Foundation deems appropriate. The Foundation requires your assurance that personal data about any other individual is supplied to the Foundation with your consent. The Foundation takes the electronic submission of the Initial Enquiry form and the signatures on the full Application Form as confirmation of your assent and assurance.