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HLF Young Roots

by | Jan 23, 2017 |

Of interest to Organisations dealing with Heritage, Young People

Apply for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £10,000-£50,000 to help young people aged 11 to 25 to explore their heritage, from green spaces, museums, and historic sites to language, local memories and youth culture.


Under this programme, they fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations. You will need to nominate a not-for-profit organisation as a lead applicant to fill in their application form and administer the grant.

If private individuals or commercial ‘for profit’ organisations are involved in a project, public benefit must outweigh private gain.

Here are some examples of the types of organisations they fund:

  • community or voluntary groups
  • Community Interest Companies
  • charities or trusts
  • social enterprises
  • community/parish councils
  • local authorities
  • other public sector organisations, such as nationally funded museums

If you are a school or college wishing to apply, please see p15 of the guidance document for more information.

What For?

HLF are enthusiastic about engaging young people with heritage. Getting involved helps them develop new skills and interests, connect with their communities and have fun. And they bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to projects.

The programme is intended to:

  • provide new opportunities for a wide range of young people aged 11 to 25 to help shape and deliver engaging heritage projects
  • bring heritage and youth organisations together to combine knowledge and experience
  • create opportunities to celebrate young people’s achievements in the project and share their learning with the wider community.

Heritage includes many different things from the past that they value and want to pass on to future generations, for example:

  • archaeological sites
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes
  • historic buildings
  • histories of people and communities
  • histories of places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • natural and designed landscapes and gardens
  • people’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’)
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history
  • natural heritage including habitats, species and geology.

How Much?

£10,000 – £50,000


There are no application deadlines for this programme – apply anytime. Your application will be discussed at a monthly advisory meeting at your local Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) office.

More information

Young Roots