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Museums find out how to fund work with disadvantage young people

Last week, four Hampshire Solent museums joined other arts organisations at a fundraising seminar and networking lunch focusing on how to fund work with disadvantaged young people.

When applying for funding for this kind of work, it's important tomake sure it's a young person led process which can seem to be a barrier for young people with little experience of heritage or for those who struggle with literacy and personal reflection.

To address this concern the Strong Voices programme hosted the funding workshop at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

The event was hosted by Artswork as part of the Strong Voices project, which works to connect disadvantaged young people with world class arts and heritage. HMS Warrior, Mary Rose Museum, The Spring and Petersfield Museum all took up this opportunity to network and explore new funding opportunities.

Sandra Martin, South East development Officer for the Heritage Lottery Fund, presented their Young Roots Grant Programme and explained how it can be particularly relevant to disengaged young people, and also offered individual advice in 1:2:1 sessions.

Young Roots is an HLF initiative offering grants of £10,000-£50,000 to help young people aged 11 to 25 to explore their heritage, from green spaces, museums, and historic sites to language, local memories and youth culture.

Sandra gave a presentation and drew attention to the fact that there are two local HLF priority development areas. These are Portsmouth with the surrounding districts of Gosport and Havant and the West Sussex coastline districts of Adur Worthing and Arun.

Whilst applications from these locations won't receive a priority weighting when being considere,d there is extra development officer time available to support anyone seeking to submit an application in these areas.  This extra support applies across all HLF funding streams, not just to Young Roots.

Sandra reassured participants that young people’s evidence does not need to be written and can be supplied by various media such as film or taped conversations. She also stressed the support available for anyone planning to make an application and who is concerned how they evidence the young people’s participation.

Three prospective projects had booked a 1:2:1 session with Sandra to discuss individual proposals in greater detail and all three reported that they had been encouraged to make formal applications.

If you are interested in booking a 1:2:1 discussion with the development officer, please contact

Later in the session, Gemma Summerfield explained about short breaks funding at Staunton Country Park. Attendees were very pleased to link up with the resources offered by Staunton and to explore the fuzzy boundaries between museums and open spaces.

The New Theatre Royal's Nicky Bellenger shared her individual approach to creative fundraising.

Then a workshop session led by Artswork helped attendees to identify their organisations' hidden assets.

We'll shortly be publishing the dates and venues of more opportunities to meet with HLF representatives. Strong Voices are planning to host a further day with HLF in February.

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