The Harry Payne Fund

The Harry Payne Fund was founded in 1939 (as the Harry Payne Trust) by Harry Payne, a Birmingham businessman. He was a man of strong faith – a pacifist who spent some years in prison in the first world war. His business was one of the early models of co-partnership and profit sharing. He had a particular interest in helping the disadvantaged and in helping the smaller causes where a modest donation can be seen to make a difference. The current members of the selection panel try to follow these principles in their grant making decisions. We therefore restrict the giving to organisations with an income of less than £500,000.

The panel meets four times a year, it is suggested if applicants are concerned about the timing of submitting an application to contact the HoECF grants team on 024 7688 4434.


For more information about this fund read our Fund Factsheet.

The Harry Payne Fund will not part fund large capital projects.

When submitting your application you will also need to submit:

  • A copy of your latest bank statement
  • A copy of your latest accounts
  • A copy of your constitution
  • A copy of your equal opportunities policy
  • A list of 3 unrelated people as members, a list of those directors will be
    required showing who has bank authorisation
  • Copies of your safeguarding (if you will be working with children or vulnerable adults) and equal opportunities policies.
  • We may need to approach you to discuss aspects of your account

Please read our Essential Information before applying. 

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