Positive futures for children and young people


Enhancing the lives of children and young people in the Southeast who are physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged.

Location: Applications are only accepted from charities and CASCs meeting the needs of children and young people in the following counties: Berkshire; Buckinghamshire; Hampshire; Isle of Wight; Kent; Oxfordshire; Surrey; East Sussex; and West Sussex. We do not accept applications for projects delivered in London or Greater London.


Type of funding: We will consider applications for capital, revenue or project funding.


Funding priorities

Our Trustees prioritise applications that: 

  • Deliver high-impact benefits for children and young people in one or more of the following groups: 

* live in the top 10% of areas of deprivation 

* are disabled, chronically or terminally ill 

* face mental health challenges 

* are at risk of crime, truancy or addiction 

* are at risk of homelessness or who are homeless  


  • Incorporate effective strategies for wider impact, perhaps through training, partnerships and/or dissemination activities 


  • Demonstrate a high degree of involvement across the organisation from beneficiaries and those with lived experience 


  • Have a well-developed plan for sustainability and seek to deliver a legacy 


  • Reflect our values:  

* Excellence - Supporting and implementing best practice 

* Entrepreneurship - Operating with ambition, inspiration and determination 

* Integrity - Acting responsibly, respectfully, reflectively and transparently 

* Sustainability - Empowering stakeholders to deliver a legacy 


Funding Levels

We provide two levels of funding:

Major grants: between £5,000 and £30,000
  • All charities and CASCs seeking a major grant should apply to PHF directly.
Small grants: up to £5,000
  • We prioritise applications from organisations with a turnover of up to £500,000
    • Projects in Surrey - Surrey charities and CASCs seeking small grants should apply directly to the Community Foundation Surrey which manages these grants for PHF https://www.cfsurrey.org.uk/makeanapplication/. Any applications PHF receives for small grants in Surrey will be transferred to the Community Foundation Surrey.
    • Projects anywhere else in the South East (excluding London & Greater London) - Charities and CASCs seeking small grants for projects to be delivered outside of Surrey should apply to PHF directly.