This is Mine What’s Yours? Endz2Endz at the Heritage Lottery Fund Event
This is Mine What’s Yours? £50000 Grants to Explore Heritage!
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) hosted an event to promote their Young Roots programme at the in Cambridge Monday April 7th. Endz2Endz, amongst other organisations, were invited to represent youth media.
The event’s purpose seemed unclear to most of the guests, however, at the end it all came down to networking, presentations of a few successful projects sponsored by the HLF, a nice lunch and viewing of three new promo videos for the HLF Young Roots programme. Some of the well-known people present at the event included Cambridge local MP and London Olympics bronze medalist, high jumper Robbie Grabarz, who gave a rather dull speech.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has since 2002 given out £31 millions to 65 000 young people. The collaborations between heritage organisations and people aged 11-25 are beneficial for both parts. On the one hand- preservation of historically important objects, one the other- important skills that youngsters can acquire in the course of the project. ‘Their confidence grows and they learn valuable heritage and employability skills,’ claims the HLF.
Young people can apply any time of the year through the HLF website, and the verdict will be given within eight weeks. The project can be anything from preserving World War One planes to restoration of parks, art history and… circus! To represent the latter, and serving as the main entertainment on the Monday afternoon, was Family La Bonche. The skills of the young entertainers were impressive, and without the performers the event would have been quite boring.
There are four easy steps to £50 000:
• Get inspired: come up with an idea
• Get involved: find a local heritage partner
• Get in touch: with a local HLF office (there are 12 regional/county teams)
• Log onto HLF.org.uk and submit an application