The Heritage Lottery Fund is providing the new one-off £10 million Kick the Dust grants programme to support ambitious youth-focused projects in the UK that aim to transform how heritage organisations engage young people between the ages of 11 and 25 years.
The programme is intended to:
- Make heritage relevant to more, and a greater diversity of, young people, building on their needs and interests.
- Increase the ambition, scale and quality of youth engagement with heritage.
- Develop sustainable, ongoing work with young people within heritage organisations.
- Show the value of youth engagement with heritage.
Consortium of three or more organisations can apply for grants of between £500,000 and £1 million.
Consortiums should include heritage and youth organisations and may include other types of organisations. A consortium could, for example, be based around a type of heritage, a local area, particular groups of young people or a type of activity. A consortium or project could cover one local authority, region or country, or they could cover multiple places and cross regional or country borders.
Overall, a consortium must include at least one partner that can demonstrate a credible track record in working with young people.
The funding is for organisations that come together to:
- Make sure there are strong benefits for young people, and that they have the best possible experience from being involved in the project.
- Spread benefits beyond a single organisation, and create change in a number of heritage sites or services.
The application process is in two rounds, following a mandatory project enquiry stage.
The first step is to complete a Project Enquiry Form before noon on 2 December 2016.
Full details can be found on the Heritage Lottery Fund website.