The Y – Funding for Heritage Projects involving Young People

The Y in Leicester has been awarded £707,500 through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s pioneering “Kick the Dust” funding programme.

The Y Heritage Project will offer grants of between £3,000 and £30,000 to eligible organisations in Leicester or Leicestershire who are able to help deliver local heritage projects, whilst hosting meaningful work opportunities for vulnerable young people, helping to develop and utilise the skills of these young people (who are residents at the Y’s homeless shelter).

As part of the funding programme, it will run a series of “Dragons Den” style pitches over the next three years, where shortlisted applicants will be able to present their proposals to a panel of young people from The Y.

The Y are very keen to engage with heritage projects across Leicestershire to promote this exciting opportunity.

For any group/organisation to be in with a good chance of being awarded funding, they need to be able to:

  • Develop / deliver a project which promotes local heritage or history. Examples could include restoring artefacts or producing historical exhibitions/displays
  • Engage young people in local heritage and history projects
  • Host a placement for a (vulnerable) young person to help run the project and learn/develop a range of new skills
  • Would be interested in applying for funding (up to £30,000) for such a project

Y Heritage will work to two commissioning and training cycles a year over a three-year period; one which takes place between September and December; and another which takes places between February and May.

The deadline for the next commissioning round is 13th September 2019.

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