Friday, 9 September 2016


The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will open its new £10 million Kick the Dust grants programme on Friday 23rd September 2016.
The new fund is intended to support ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people aged 11 to 25 years.
Grants of between £500,000 and £1 million will be available for projects that take between 3 to 5 years to complete to consortia of three or more organisations, including heritage and youth organisations.
The funding is intended to:
o Make heritage relevant to more and a greater diversity of young people, building on their needs and interests;
o Increase the ambition, scale and quality of youth engagement with heritage;
o Develop and embed sustainable, ongoing work with young people within heritage organisations; and
o Evidence the value of youth engagement with heritage.
Projects will also need to meet at least one of the HLF outcomes for heritage, for people and for communities.
There will be a mandatory project enquiry stage followed by a two round application process:
1.  The deadline for project enquiries will be Friday 2 December 2016;
2.  The deadline for first-round applications will be Monday 20 February 2017.
The Heritage Lottery Fund is providing pre-application information workshops across the UK in preparation for the launch of the programme.
Disappointingly, no workshops have been arranged in the South West of England, Neither has HLF provided information on webinars for those unable to attend a workshop.
The following free pre-application workshops have been arranged for potential applicants:
o Wednesday 28 September - London;
o Friday 30 September - Edinburgh;
o Wednesday 5 October - Cardiff;
o Thursday 6 October - Manchester;
o Monday 10 October - Nottingham;
o Tuesday 11 October - Newcastle;
o Tuesday 18 October - Birmingham; and
o Monday 24 October - Belfast.
It is necessary to reserve a place in order to attend an event, and this can be done via Eventbrite.
 A limited number of places are available which will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.
The Kick the Dust grant guidelines for will be published on theHLF website on Friday 23 September 2016.
If you’d like to ask whether a pre-application workshop could be arranged in the South West region or would just like further information about Kick the Dust or other HLF programmes, contact information for the South West office is:
The Heritage Lottery Fund
3rd Floor
Balliol House
Southernhay Gardens
Exeter EX1 1NP
Tel: 01392 223 950
(Source: GRIN)

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