About the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is one of the larger independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

We make grants to organisations which aim to maximise opportunities for individuals to experience a full quality of life, both now and in the future. In particular we are concerned with children and young people, and others who are disadvantaged.

We prefer to support work which others may find hard to fund, perhaps because it breaks new ground, is too risky or is unpopular.

We also take initiatives ourselves where new thinking is required or where we believe there are important unexplored opportunities.

Below are the values that underpin the Paul Hamlyn Foundation in how it operates as an independent grant-making foundation. They very much mirror the values of Paul Hamlyn who set up the Foundation in 1987 and who left a substantial sum on his death to enlarge it.

His values were summarised in the motto he chose when given a peerage in 2000 – ‘There must be a better way’, words which we have adapted in our strapline to describe what we want to achieve – ‘Towards a better way’. That way is towards being a society that is fair, allows people to realise their potential, fights prejudice, encourages and assists participation in and enjoyment of the arts and learning, and understands the importance of the quality of life for all communities.

Strategic – wanting to make changes to policy and opinion
Enabling – giving opportunities and realising potential
Courageous – fighting prejudice and taking risks
Focused and flexible – through targeted and open grants schemes
Supportive – giving advice to applicants who need help
Fair – clear application processes, equality of opportunity
Value for money – controlling costs and expecting money to be well used

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