Funding: Hilton in the Community Foundation (HCF)

Hilton in the Community Foundation (HCF)

Status: Open to application
Application Deadline: 15 October 2013


The Hilton in the Community Foundation aims to make a real difference to those most in need. It supports projects within the UK and Ireland that focus on Young People and Education, and Young People and Health.


Maximum Turnover: £ 2,000,000
Maximum Value: £ 30,000

Value Notes

There is no limit on the amount of money that a charity can request; however, the Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year).  Funding can be requested for up to two years for any particular project.

Grants can be awarded for medium to long-term projects (ie over one year) or for one-off causes. A maximum limit of two years of support can be provided.

Extended Description

The Hilton in the Community Foundation (HCF) Central Grant is provided and administered by the HCF and is for charities in the UK.

The Central Grants scheme is intended to support registered charities that work with disadvantaged children and young people.

The scheme aims to help young people gain skills through education projects and relieve suffering through health-related projects.

Latest Information

2013 deadlines: 12 February 2013; 8 May 2013; 30 July 2013; and 15 October 2013.

Key Criteria

Funding is available for registered charities in the United Kingdom and Ireland that are working with disadvantaged children and young people that are considered to be most in need. Charities must work directly with the young people or provide facilities for their direct benefit.

Charities should have:

  • Management and administration costs (including fundraising costs) of 30% or less of their annual expenditure.
  • Been registered with either the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the OSCR in Scotland or the Irish Charity Register for a period of at least 12 months before the Foundation can consider awarding funding.
  • Completed their reporting (eg annual return) to these monitoring bodies.

The Foundation will prioritise support to charities that demonstrate community involvement and volunteering opportunities as part of their working practices.

Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation makes grants to a wide range of charities that meet one of its chosen areas of focus:

  • Young People and Education The Foundation is investing in the future by supporting young people in the vital areas of education, awareness and training. Through targeted grant giving the Foundation aims to facilitate a better future for young people by supporting local charities. Education funding generally will be given for training/re-training, educational equipment, activity-based learning leading to accreditation, sports equipment and occasionally apportioned costs of project staff.
  • Young People and Health The Foundation is committed to relieving suffering and supporting young people whilst they are undergoing treatment and care. Health funding generally will be given for medical equipment, care facilities, activity based holidays, proactive health awareness campaigns, hospices and occasionally apportioned costs of project staff.

The Foundation has a particular strategic focus on:

  • Disabled children and young people.
  • Homelessness.
  • Children and young people in hospital.
  • Life-limited children in hospices.


The Foundation does not support the following:

  • General donations. The Grant request must relate to a specific project.
  • Day-to-day administrative running costs (rent, lighting, heat) although a Full Cost Recovery policy may be applied by HCF, depending on the project and funds available.
  • Salaries, although contributions to project staff costs may be considered in the context of a Full Cost Recovery budget, however, the Foundation generally prefers to fund equipment and capital costs.
  • Large charities showing normal charitable expenditure of more than £2 million.
  • To pay for any form of sponsorship nor can the Hilton name be used for any sponsorship.
  • Medical research.
  • Individuals.
  • Fundraising events or other fundraising costs.
  • Sponsorship of an award.
  • The construction of new buildings.
  • Overseas expeditions or exchange programmes.
  • Professional training, such as teacher training, parenting training. The Foundation prefers to support training programmes working directly with the young people, where they will work towards an accreditation.
  • Professional conferences.
  • Projects where the input of the Foundation will not make an impact.

Payment Procedure

 Grants will be paid either by cheque or direct credit transfer, in one lump sum once the grant has been approved.  If the award covers more than one year, then the grant tranches will be paid annually in advance.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available to download from the Foundation's website. An electronic copy and a hard copy of the application should be submitted along with the supporting information outlined in the guidelines.

Contact HCF for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site – please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Enquiries Hilton in the Community Foundation (HCF)
179-199 Holland Park Avenue
London, W11 4UL
United Kingdom
Telephone: (020) 7605 7733
Email:[email protected]

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