Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Access & Participation Fund

Arts & Culture Covid 19

Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Access and Participation Fund awards grants of between £30,000 and £400,000 for activity lasting between 12 months and 4 years with an option to extend for a further period. Typically grants are between £60,000 – £250,000.

The Fund addresses inequalities of opportunity to access and participate in the arts.  The Foundation wants to support change in the way the arts are created, presented, accessed and experienced.

To demonstrate your idea supports the Fund’s aims, applications should contribute to all of the following areas:

  • Work with communities who are experiencing inequality of opportunity to access and participate in the arts, who face long-term structural and systemic inequalities and are disproportionately affected by Covid-19;
  • Development of a committed relationship with those communities and a meaningful process of engagement, including working in ways that address power imbalances recognising and valuing the expertise and experience of communities to lead the way that art is created, presented, accessed and experienced;
  • Proposals that show a clear understanding of your whole organisation’s role in addressing structural inequalities, that make continuing improvements in the way your organisation works and seek to influence partners and the sector more widely;
  • Commitment to developing a diverse and inclusive organisation and practice including leadership, governance, workforce and approaches that reflect the experiences and strengths of communities to increase and enrich the range of stories represented and people delivering the work. Applications should demonstrate they support and champion people with lived experience in the leadership and delivery of this work, particularly people with experience of racism, disabled people and people experiencing poverty.
  • Commitment to gathering evidence, reflecting upon it and sharing it to improve future practice.

Priority will be given to organisations that are led by, and work that is developed and delivered with (including as artists and or practitioners), people who are most affected by systemic oppression and or discrimination. This means Black, Asian and other groups who experience racism, Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people who experience the effects of ableism, those who identify as sitting at the intersections of several minoritized identities, and people experiencing poverty.

Proposals from communities outside London will also be prioritised.

Deadline: Continuous rolling programme.

This fund is not managed by Funding for All. Please click ‘Find out more’ and contact the funder directly for more information.

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