Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. The Heritage Lottery Fund supports all kinds of projects for young people to explore their heritage. Heritage includes many different things from the past that we value and want to pass on to future generations.

It could be people’s memories and experiences, community history, cultural traditions, or the history of languages and dialects. Or it could be something physical, like historic buildings and streets, archaeological sites, museum collections, the countryside, habitats and species, parks and cemeteries, or places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history.

Young Roots is a grant programme for organisations that are looking to provide young people aged 11 to 25 with active roles in planning and delivering a heritage project.

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 to combine knowledge and experience
  • Create opportunities to celebrate young people’s achievements in the project and share their learning with the wider community

There are no application deadlines for this programme; you can apply at any time. It normally takes between 8 to 12 weeks from submitting an application to receiving a decision on your application. 

Want to find out more?

If you’d like to discuss a project idea, just get in touch with the Development team based in Edinburgh for advice and guidance before you apply by phone 0131 225 9450 or via email scotland@hlf.org.uk. You can also visit www.hlf.org.uk to fill in a project enquiry form online and you’ll be given feedback about your project. 

Connect with other projects for valuable hints and tips about applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund in the Young People and Heritage Forum.

Young Roots projects

Inverclyde Community Development Trust received a grant of £28,500 for a group of young people to research the personal stories of families who worked in the local Torpedo Factory during the First World War. Find out more about the project here: Working The War

Young people from the communities of Muirhouse and Pilton in Edinburgh have been exploring the traditions and evolution of travelling circuses. Muirhouse Youth Development Group received a grant of £46,800 for a Young Roots project called Circadius.

Woodland Futures project delivered by Green Aspirations Scotland connected young people aged 11 to 18 years old with the natural heritage sector by learning rural skills and heritage crafts.

Youth and heritage workers reflect on their experiences of delivering a Young Roots project in this short video.

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