• Are there deadlines for applying?

Our Trustees meet quarterly to consider grant applications. The annual application deadlines are listed below. We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within 4 months of the application deadline.

Application deadline       

Decision by                  

1 January

30 April

1 April

31 July
1 July 31 October
1 October 31 January
  • We are not yet a charity but are applying for charitable status – can we still apply?

We will not accept an application from your organisation unless you are registered with the charity regulator or a relevant body.

Additionally, charities will not be considered for a grant unless they have been registered with the charity regulator for two years or more and have produced independently examined or audited accounts for at least one full year of operation (Community Amateur Sports Clubs must also have been operating for comparable periods).

  • Is there a maximum or minimum amount that charities can request?

You can apply for a small grant (up to £5,000) or a major grant (£5,001 - £30,000). You can see what grants have been awarded in the last 5 years using the Recent Grants page.

  • What is the situation for branches of national charities?

If you have your own charity registration number, constitution and board of trustees, you may apply in your own right. We do not require the endorsement of your headquarters organisation.

If you are part of a larger or a national charity, with the same charity number, and legally governed by the same board of trustees, we require the endorsement of your larger/national charity.

  • Can we apply to more than one grants programme?

You may only apply to one of the programmes at any time.

  • Do you give feedback on unsuccessful applications?

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 are sorry but it is not feasible, therefore, to give individual feedback.

  • When can I apply to the Foundation again?

Charities awarded a grant by the Foundation may not re-apply until two years after submission of the final grant report.

Charities whose applications are not successful may not re-apply until one year after they were notified of the outcome of their previous application. 

  • How do I access the online application portal to complete an initial application form?

On the How to Apply page you should click the ‘Register’ button for the programme you wish you apply to. When you register you will be sent an email confirmation with a link to the log-in page for the portal. We recommend saving this email or bookmarking the log-in page on your browser so that you can easily get back to it in the future.

  • How do I access the online application portal to complete a second stage form?

If you are applying for a major grant you may be invited to submit additional information. Please note, this is by request only, and PHF will contact you by email to provide details of how to log back into the application portal.

  • Can I see the full application form without registering?

Yes, on the How to Apply page you can download a full list of the questions asked at each stage