Our open funds in the UK, and the grants awarded through our Covid Response Fund, are closely aligned with the priorities in our strategy. This section provides an overview of the grants made and our learning within these areas.
1. Emergency grant-making
Our main response to the Covid emergency was a quick response fund that offered flexible funding to currently funded organisations and individuals.
2. Investing in young people
PHF has offered core funding, through the Youth Fund and Youth Strategic Investment Fund, for the past five years.
3. Migration and integration
The migration sector has long experience of being incredibly adaptable in the context of policy and funding uncertainty and responded quickly to the challenges of the pandemic.
4. Arts access and participation
The arts and cultural sector has faced overwhelming uncertainty and made significant shifts in their approaches to delivery during the past year.
5. Education and learning through the arts
In this area we focus our effort on funding partnership working between arts organisations and schools.
In the emerging crisis, we focussed our efforts on being more responsive: speed was important – getting money out to where it was needed, but so too was our ongoing communication with the organisations and people we fund, to understand the changing impact of the pandemic on the communities they work with. We offered flexibility and simplified our requirements, enabling funding to be repurposed and timelines shifted.