How To Apply
Visitors including a man pushing a woman in a wheelchair across a wooden bridge at Birkenhead Park

Young Roots 

The Young Roots programme is for projects that engage young people, aged 11 to 25, with heritage in the UK.You can apply for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000.

Under this programme, we fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments.

You can read more about Young Roots in the application guidance. Your application will have a better chance of success if you read this thoroughly before you apply.

Please note that we have updated our application guidance. This includes new information about staff costs in Section 5: Project costs and applies to all applications submitted from 6 December 2013 onwards.

The difference we want to make 

Young people are bursting with creative ideas about how to explore and care for their heritage.

Whether restoring a vintage motorbike, designing a new nature trail or documenting changes to their community over time, through Young Roots projects young people make a real difference to the places where they live. In the process, their confidence grows and they learn valuable heritage and employability skills.

We support applicants to deliver high quality projects for all of the young people, staff and communities involved. Young Roots projects should achieve all of the outcomes for people and communities listed below, and one outcome for heritage.

Outcomes for people

With our investment, people will have:

  • developed skills
  • learnt about heritage
  • changed their attitudes and / or behaviour
  • had an enjoyable experience

Outcomes for communities

With our investment:

  • more people and a wider range of people will have engaged with heritage

Outcomes for heritage

With our investment, heritage will be:

  • in better condition
  • better interpreted and explained
  • identified/recorded

Application process 

Young Roots is a rolling programme, meaning you can apply anytime. We will assess your application in eight weeks and then make a decision. Please contact your local team to find out when decisions are made.

We recommend that you send us a project enquiry form before you apply. Register a project enquiry.




Young people in Huddersfield recording experiences of the first Pakistani immigrants to Yorkshire 

Young Roots 

Application materials

Essential reading

Good-practice guidance

We provide a range of good-practice guidance to help you plan and deliver your heritage project.

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