How to apply



Before applying please read the information about Eligibility and Grant Programmes carefully. The answers to the majority of queries raised by applicants can be found there or on our FAQs page. It is important to ensure that your charity and your particular project meet our grants criteria before you contact us. 

The Peter Harrison Foundation operates a two-stage application process:


Step 1: Initial Enquiry

If your organisation is eligible to apply and you feel your project fits one of the two grant programmes that are open to applications (Opportunities Through Sport OR Special Needs and Care for Children and Young People), then you will need to complete an Initial Enquiry Form (IEF). All IEFs must be submitted using our online application system, which can be accessed by clicking the 'Apply Now' button below.

If you would like to look at the questions on the Initial Enquiry Form before registering please click here Application Questions.




On submission of your form you will be sent an email confirming receipt.

The Trustees of the Peter Harrison Foundation customarily meet four times a year. Although the Foundation endeavours to respond to grant enquiries in a timely manner, in practice the lead time between an online Initial Enquiry and the successful award of a grant is likely to be between three and six months.

Initial Enquiries are first assessed by the Foundation’s staff. If the Foundation Director feels the project may be of interest to the Trustees, he will arrange either to visit your project or to conduct a telephone discussion with you about it. Depending on the outcome of these discussions, you may then be invited to submit a full application.

If your Initial Enquiry is not successful we will let you know by email. PLEASE NOTE: We regret that we are unable to provide feedback explaining why a particular proposal was unsuccessfulUnfortunately, the Foundation receives many more requests for funding than we are able to support and we regret that we have to turn down many good proposals, even though they may meet our criteria.


Step 2: Full Application

You will only be asked to complete a full application if your Initial Enquiry has been successful.  The application form will be sent to you by email.

The completed application will be assessed by the Foundation Director who will make a report and recommendation on your application to the Trustees.

The Trustees hold quarterly meetings to consider these reports. 



If your application is successful, we will normally contact you by email and then send you a Grant Offer letter.

The letter will explain the conditions which apply to all grant awards and also set out any special conditions which apply to your charity. We will also explain how and when your charity will receive its grant, and how payment is made.


We will contact you to let you know if your application is not successful. 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.


Charities supported by the Foundation are required to show how they have used the grant and, depending on the grant amount and the nature of the project, may be asked to undertake a review and evaluation of the project being funded. This will normally be on completion of the project, but for charities receiving their grant in several instalments we usually ask for interim progress reports.

Full details of the monitoring information required are given in the Foundation's grant offer letter.


The Peter Harrison Foundation aims to ensure that all grant applications that are eligible for consideration within the Foundation's grants criteria are given equal consideration, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, or disability.


Personal information provided by individuals and organisations applying for grants will be held and used in strict accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulation (2018). The Foundation is required to seek consent to hold and use personal data provided by grant applicants for the purpose of processing and assessing grant applications. This may include the transfer of data to third parties for the same purpose. The Foundation requires your further assurance that personal data about any other individual or individuals associated with a grant application is provided to the Foundation with his/her/their consent. Please understand that submitting an online Initial Enquiry Form to the Foundation confirms this consent and assurance. To read the Foundation’s Privacy and Data Protection Policy in full please click here.