Kick the Dust

Grants from £500,000 to £1,000,000
Transform how heritage engages young people with an ambitious, youth-focused project. This programme is now closed for applications.

Kick the Dust aims to make heritage relevant to the lives of young people, aged 11-25, now and in to the future. Building on their needs and interests, we want to see a greater number and diversity of young people benefit from high quality engagement with heritage. 

This programme is also about developing the skills and confidence of heritage sites and services to sustain their work with young people over the long-term.

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.

You can apply for Kick the Dust as a consortium of three or more organisations, including heritage and youth organisations. You will need to show how your project will meet the needs and interests of young people, and build the skills and confidence of heritage organisations to continue youth engagement in the future. 

If you've got a question about applying, or delivering your project, join in our Online Community to get advice from peers.

Kick the Dust is informed by research that we commissioned in 2015 looking at the new landscape for youth work and the needs of the heritage sector to develop more opportunities for young people. See the research section of our website if you would like to read more about our findings.

When you need to apply

There is one opportunity to apply for Kick the Dust. Following a mandatory project enquiry stage, there is a two-round application process. You will need to complete a Project Enquiry Form for Kick the Dust before noon on 2 December 2016. Once we have received this, we will release a first-round application form to you. The deadline for first-round applications is noon on 20 February 2017.  Your application will go to a panel of young people and our Board for a decision in June 2017. 

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