HLF - Young Roots


Status: Open to applications.


Funding to support projects in the UK that encourage young people aged 11 to 25 years to take part in activities exploring heritage.


Maximum Value:£ 50,000
Minimum Value:£ 10,000

Value Notes

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available for projects that will last for up to two years.

The total cost of the project can be no more than £100,000.

Extended Description

The Heritage Lottery Fund supports projects involving the national, regional and local heritage of the United Kingdom. The Young Roots grant programme has been established to help local youth organisations promote the involvement of young people with the heritage of the UK.

Young Roots is aimed at young people aged 11 to 25 and encourages them to take part in activities exploring heritage.

Latest Information

Applications may be submitted at any time..

Key Criteria

Funding is available for partnerships of heritage and youth organisations. Partnerships must be led by not-for-profit organisations. If private owners are involved in the partnership, then public benefit from a project is expected to be greater than any private gain. The types of oeganisations that can receive funding are:

  • Community or voluntary groups.
  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Charities or Trusts.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Parish councils.
  • Local authorities.
  • Other public sector organisations, such as nationally funded museums.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for projects that relate to the varied heritage of the UK and:

  • Provide new opportunities for a wide range of young people aged 11 to 25 years to help shape and deliver engaging heritage projects.
  • Bring heritage and youth organisations together to combine knowledge and experience.
  • Create opportunities to celebrate young people’s achievements in the project and share their learning with the wider community.

The project should include opportunities to celebrate the young people’s achievements in the project, for example with an award or certificate, and share their learning with the wider community, perhaps through a performance, an exhibition or online.

Funding is available for direct project costs, such as:

  • Employing extra staff needed to carry out the project.
  • Support from professionals who will give advice or carry out parts of the project.
  • The cost of running activities which engage young people or the local community with heritage.
  • Buying equipment to create learning materials.
  • Training and accreditation costs.
  • The cost of restoring heritage.
  • Promoting the project to a wider audience.
  • Evaluating the project.



Under this programme grants will not be given for:

  • Projects that do not have a heritage focus, for example which only support access improvements.
  • Retrospective costs.
  • Projects that have been funded by HLF previously, unless the range of benefits to heritage is distinctively different.
  • Salaries of existing staff.
  • Travel abroad.
  • Work or services that are part of the applying organisation's main responsibilities.
  • Planning work such as options appraisals, business planning or market research.
  • Projects that promote political parties or faith organisations.

It is unusual for Young Roots to support:

  • Buying a major heritage item.
  • Carrying out physical work to a building, land or heritage object

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants do not have to make a cash contribution to the project. However, applicants are encouraged to gain support for the project in the form of non-cash contributions and volunteer time. This is particularly important if the grant makes up a very high percentage of the total costs of the project.

Payment Procedure

Once approved, organisations will receive up to 50% of their grant. Proof of expenditure is required when applying for the rest of the grant. Heritage Lottery Fund will usually withhold 10% of any grant until a completion report is submitted.

Application Procedure

Potential applicants are advised to submit a preapplication enquiry form before applying. Advice can then be provided on whether the project meets the priorities for funding and what applicants should do to make an application.

The preapplication enquiry form and full application form are available to complete online.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Enquiries Heritage Lottery Fund
7 Holbein Place
Telephone:020 7591 6042/44