Melissa Strauss

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Heritage Lottery Fund

Part of my role at the Heritage Lottery Fund is to ensure that we fund lots of great projects that engage young people with heritage. This includes managing our Young Roots grants programme, where I have an overview of projects across the UK. I have worked as a Policy Adviser, in the Participation and Learning team here at HLF since 2008. Before that, I was Community Development Officer at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, and prior to that I worked in audience development and diversity for Arts Council England. I’ve also volunteered for heritage and community organisations. As well as policy and funding experience, I’ve delivered lots of projects with different audiences of all ages, including young people.

What's going on in our community

  • Last month we published a news story about what we learned from a review of 200 Heritage Grants evaluation reports. I'm keen to share some of the key findings from the review with OC users. I've already pulled out some dos and don'ts , and below I list some suggested models - and this is just a... read more

    View Amy Freeborn's profile
    Posted 1 week 5 days ago
  • If you have a passion for heritage and are keen to become a local decision taker and help shape the future of your local heritage, please read on! We wills hortly be commencing a recruitment campaign to find new committee members to join our London and South East England Committees. Applications... read more

    View Karen Macaulay's profile
    Posted 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Update on Output Data Collection for 2017 Dear all As some of you may be aware we undertook a review of the output data collection exercise this year, including a workshop to hear directly from scheme managers on how it could be improved. Thanks to those who participated the process. We have now... read more

    View Chris Falconer's profile
    Posted 1 week 1 day ago
  • Last week we hosted a really engaging live chat about LGBT Heritage – in fact, it was our second-most-popular live chat ever (just marginally behind Sporting Heritage ). It was great to have so many people contributing to this important discussion, and really rewarding to get feedback like: “it's... read more

    View Amy Freeborn's profile
    Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago
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