Do you have a vision of a better society? Get funding to explore your ideas for change!


About the fund

Area: UK.

Suitable for: Individuals, groups of up to three people or organisations with up to five employees (charities, social enterprises or limited companies).

Funding size: Up to £15,000.

Application deadline: Apply any time.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Ideas and Pioneers Fund provide grants of up to £15,000 to support people with a vision of a better society to explore their ideas for change.

This is the Fund for you:

  • If you’ve got an innovative idea or new approach.
    The fund’s focus is on supporting the earliest stages of idea development – even if your plan is risky or experimental. The foundation is looking for potential, not the finished product.
  • Whether you’re applying as an individual, charity, social enterprise or limited company.
    Funding is open to anyone – from individuals, groups of up to three people and organisations with up to five employees.
  • If you haven’t applied for funding before.
    The foundation wants to be one of the first funders for new ideas and they particularly welcome first time applicants.
  • If you’re young.
    The foundation would like most of the people supported to be between 18-30 years old.
  • Whatever your background.
    Funding will support everyone from activists to researchers, as long as you’re focused on exploring an idea for change.

To recognise the urgent need to address the historical power imbalance between who leads, creates and makes work, the foundation will prioritise support to people who are most affected by systemic oppression and/or discrimination.

This video introduces some of the current grant winners.

Read more about this funding opportunity.

About the Author:

Keir is a project officer based in Semble's Bristol office. Most of his time is spent on two of our movement campaigns, Outdoor Classroom Day and Backyard Nature. One of Keir’s main interests is food equality and outside of Semble he runs a small community food waste project.