Young Roots

Grants from £10,000 to £50,000
Apply for a 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.

We’re 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.

Through Young Roots, we want to give young people aged 11–25 the chance to plan and deliver their own heritage projects. They’re supported along the way by heritage and youth organisations working together. Projects celebrate the young people’s achievements and share what they're learning with the wider community.

More about this grant programme

We’re passionate about the difference our projects make for heritage, people and communities. We take account of the outcomes your project will achieve in our assessment. You can read about these in the application guidance.

We will assess your application within eight weeks.

When you need to apply

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. Following this meeting, a decision on your application will be made by the Head of your local HLF office.

Projects

Teams of young people, each with distinct roles, engaged with Richmond's Borough Art Collection to create new interpretation and help shape the way visitors...
Young people from the Polish community in Huddersfield worked closely with Kirklees Community Heritage to learn interviewing, research, archiving and interpreting skills in order...
Luton Cultural Services Trust and the re-created youth group purchased and decorated a traditional Romani gypsy vardo (wagon) in original folk art style.

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Young people from inner city Sheffield explored their local natural heritage for the first time, and produced a photography exhibition for the wider community.
Inspired by the history of a local park, a youth group researched the heritage of their area and shared this with the wider community.
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