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I lead a team providing strategic participation and learning expertise to decision-takers in HLF. Working externally across the UK, the team demonstrates the benefits of Lottery funding for people of all backgrounds and promotes better access to grants for under-represented groups, including young people, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and disabled people. I am HLF’s lead on heritage skills and vocational learning and direct the £40m Skills for the Future grants programme currently delivering work-based training placements across the UK and encouraging a more diverse heritage workforce. I am director of the Young Roots grants programme which encourages youth-led heritage projects. Before joining HLF, I was first an education officer and then a University lecturer, in both cases with a focus on 20th century genocide.
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At the end of 2017 and early 2018, Heritage Lottery Fund delivered a pilot scheme in Barrow-in-Furness for grants under £3,000. [see our press release on the launch here and here ] Since the programme closed to applications, we have awarded 20 grants totalling £51,000. We been thrilled to fund a... read more
“Often when we think of our history, we think of kings and queens… We believe that the experiences of the people who helped build the country are just as important and should be recorded,” says Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands. Last week we hosted a live chat to discuss the ins and outs of... read more
For the wonderful projects taking part in The National Lottery #ThanksToYou week this 3-9 December , we've pulled together some FAQs to help answer any questions you might have about taking part in this year's campaign. If there's anything we haven't covered, please ask us in the comments below... read more