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Application process

Please select either small grants or major grants to see the application process

Before you start an application, please ensure you read the information about our grant programmes, particularly the eligibility criteria. The answers to most of the questions we get asked can be found either there or on our FAQs page.    

Once you have decided which programme you want to apply to, use the eligibility checker to make sure you meet our grants criteria. We don’t want you to waste your time applying if you are ineligible.   

Once you are sure that you are eligible to make an application you need to create an account with PHF. We ask for some basic details about you and the organisation you are applying on behalf of so that we can set you up on our system.   

When you have done this you will be able to access the application portal immediately to start your grant application. You will have an option to log in on the screen, but you will also be sent an email confirmation with a link to the log in page. We recommend saving this email or bookmarking the log in page so that you can easily get back to the application portal in the future. 

To submit an initial application, you will need to log into your application portal and complete all sections.   

Before you start, you can download the full list of questions on the Active Lives / Positive Futures forms below: 

Active Lives – application form questions

Positive Futures – application form questions

You don’t need to complete the whole form in one session. You can save your progress and return to the form later by logging back into the portal. Please make sure you save your application every 10-15 minutes to ensure you don’t lose your work.   

Foundation staff review all initial applications.  We may contact you to arrange a telephone discussion or virtual meeting to learn more about the need for your project and its likely impact.    

All shortlisted small grant applicants will be asked to provide details of a third-party referee who can give an independent assessment of the work of the organisation and the likely impact of the proposed project.   

Foundation staff will prepare assessments of all shortlisted applications to be reviewed by the PHF Board of Trustees. All funding decisions are made by the Trustees.   

If your application is not successful, we will notify you by email.  PLEASE NOTE: 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. We regret that we have to turn down many good proposals, even though they may meet our criteria.    

You can find out more about the number of applications we receive and the number of grants we award in the Grantmaking data section of the About our grant programmes page.   

If your application is successful, we will notify you by email and then send you a grant offer letter detailing the full terms and conditions of the grant.   

Find out more

Apply for an Active Lives grant

Start an application for the Active Lives grant programme

Apply for a Positive Futures grant

Start an application for the Positive Futures grant programme

Eligibility checker

Use our quick quiz to check if you are eligible to apply


Find answers to some of the most common questions about the Foundation and applying for a grant