New £10m fund to get young people more involved in heritage and arts

Grants of between £500,000 and £1m will be available through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Kick the Dust programme

Heritage and youth organisations are being invited to apply for a share of a £10m fund designed to make heritage relevant for young people.

The new pilot programme from the Heritage Lottery Fund called Kick the Dust is designed to fund projects that will get young people aged between 11 and 25 more involved in heritage and the arts.

The HLF said consortia of three or more organisations, including those from the heritage and youth sectors, would be able to apply for grants of between £500,000 and £1m.

It said successful applicants would "deliver ambitious and sustainable projects focused on increasing the scale and quality of youth engagement with heritage".

Sir Peter Luff, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: "HLF enthusiastically shares the conviction that enabling young people from all backgrounds to establish a deeper relationship with culture will improve their life chances.

"It will do this by increasing their enjoyment, deepening their understanding of the opportunities on offer, inspiring new thinking about career options and creating valuable educational opportunities outside of the curriculum."

The HLF said young people would take part in the programme’s decision-making panel.

Interested organisations must submit a project inquiry form by 2 December and will have until 20 February to submit an application.

Decisions on the applications will be made in June.

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