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Open grant programmes

Types of funding

We accept applications for capital, project or core costs

Levels of funding

There are 2 levels of grants
Small grants: up to £5,000
Major grants: £5,001 - £30,000

Location

Active Lives funds work all over the UK.
Positive Futures only funds work in the South East of England

Grantmaking data

Below you can find data for the last 3 years about the grants awarded and applications received for our open grant programmes (i.e. the grant programmes that accept applications).  

Please note:

  • The Active Lives programme was previously called Opportunities through sport and physical activity
  • The Positive Futures programme was previously called Special needs and care for children and young people

£1,170,839 pledged towards 92 grants

Summary

In 2023/24 our open grant programmes received 553 initial grant applications, which represents a 27% increase from the previous year. 73% of applications were for Active Lives and 27% were for the Positive Futures. Of these applications, 31 were ineligible, 7 decided to withdraw, and 515 went on to be considered for a grant.

92 grants were awarded, which represents a success rate of 18%, slightly down from last year’s rate of 21%.

Grants were awarded for the following purposes:

  • capital funding 7%
  • project funding 74%
  • core funding 19%.

PHF awards a total grant which applicants can choose to use over a 1, 2 or 3 year period. 70% of grants were for 1 year, with 18% opting to spread the grant over 2 years and 12% opting for a 3 year grant.

Grantmaking budget

Active Lives £727,934

Positive Futures £363,967

Active Lives grants

 

Success rate:

  • Small grants 11%
  • Major grants 12%

Average grant:

  • Small grants £3,367
  • Major grants £16,337

 

Positive Futures grants

Success rate:

  • Small grants 21%
  • Major grants 17%

Average grant:

  • Small grants £3,663
  • Major grants £18,526

 

You can download a detailed breakdown of the grantmaking data for 2023/24 here

£1,203,835 pledged towards 83 grants

Summary

Applications received

In 2022/23 our open grant programmes received 404 initial grant applications, which represents an 8% decrease from the previous year.  73% of applications were for Active Lives and 27% were for the Positive Futures.

 

Grants awarded

83 grants were awarded, which represents an overall success rate of 21%, slightly up from last year’s rate of 19%.

 

Duration of grants

PHF awards a total grant which applicants can choose to use over a 1, 2 or 3 year period. The majority of grants were for 1 year (76%), with a small number of grantees opting to spread the grant over multiple years – 2 years (13%) and 3 years (11%).

 

Active Lives grants

Success rate:

  • Small grants 30%
  • Major grants 18%

Average grant:

  • Small grants £3,758
  • Major grants £19,657

 

Positive Futures grants

Success rate:

  • Small grants 30%
  • Major grants 20%

Average grant:

  • Small grants £4,013
  • Major grants £19,659

£1,262,836 million pledged towards 83 grants

Summary

 

Applications received

In 2021/22 our open grant programmes received 438 initial grant applications.  67% of applications were for Active Lives and 33% were for Positive Futures.

 

Grants awarded

83 grants were awarded, which represents a success rate of 19%.

 

Duration of grants

PHF awards a total grant which applicants can choose to use over a 1, 2 or 3 year period. The majority of grants were for 1 year (87%), with a small amount opting to spread the grant over multiple years – 2 years (6%) and 3 years (7%).

 

Active Lives grants

Success rate: 18%

Average grant: £15,858

 

Positive Futures

Success rate: 23%

Average grant: £13,880

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