PH Holt Foundation – COVID-19 Emergency Funding Now Open

We welcome applications from small and medium sized Merseyside charities operating in any Merseyside borough. Our funding can provide help as you deliver new programmes to reach people affected by the pandemic, or help keep your vital charity services running

Who we will fund

To be eligible for an emergency grant, you must be a registered charity in Merseyside with an income under £1 million. We fund will activities in one or more of the five metropolitan boroughs. Check out our application form for further details 2020 Holt Emergency Grant Form

What can the funding be used for?

  • Resources for specific community-based activities
  • Supplies for beneficiaries i.e. emergency food, toiletries, household products, or other items
  • Help with running costs or overheads due to disruption to existing services
  • Support for salary or volunteer costs to keep a service functioning
  • Assistance to deliver a service differently or to reach more people needing help

Grant amount

Grants start at £1,000 with most awards falling between £5,000-£10,000.  These are for a single year. Contact the Foundation office on 0151 237 2663 any Wednesday to Friday if you would like further advice before sending your application to us. Our application form can be downloaded here 2020 Holt Emergency Grant Form

How soon can a decision be reached?

We aim to review applications on a rolling basis – wherever possible making decisions within four weeks to six weeks of receipt.  Unfortunately, we cannot help every charity even though your work may fall within eligible criteria.

Apply Anytime

Unsuccessful applications

We receive far more applications than we are able to fund and requests can still be refused despite meeting the criteria. If you have been refused funding, allow at least 12 months to elapse before re-applying to the Foundation.


  • National charities and local branches of national charities, unless constituted as a federated structure with local autonomy in decision making
  • Organisations enjoying widespread public support and recognition
  • General charity appeals
  • Medical research
  • Sponsorship of individuals or events
  • Religious and political causes