Twelve projects across the UK have been awarded grants of up to £1million through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) new Kick the Dust programme.
The programme is distributing £10million from the National Lottery to heritage and youth organisations across the UK to ‘stir up heritage’ and make it more inclusive for people aged 11-25. At its heart there is a group of young Heritage Ambassadors to help advise on how the money should be best allocated.
The self-titled ‘Dust Kickers’, aged 16-25, recruited from across the UK advised HLF’s decision panel on the projects they found to be most appealing.
John Glen, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism said: "This funding, from National Lottery players, will create exciting opportunities for young people across the country to enjoy and learn about heritage outside of school. It is something that we promised to do as part of the Cultural White Paper, and I know that all the successful projects will have a hugely positive impact on the lives of young people."