Grants of £3,000 upwards for heritage projects

Did you know you can apply for grants of £3,000 upwards from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support all kinds of activities? There is also free advice and support available for organisations across Birmingham wishing to deliver heritage projects in their local area.

Using money thanks to National Lottery players, HLF fund projects that make a lasting difference to people, heritage and communities. This could include: recording memories, surveying wildlife or exploring a community’s unique culture.

If your organisation is from Perry Barr, Oscott, Handsworth Wood, Lozells & East Handsworth, Aston, Soho, Ladywood or Nechells, then HLF are particularly keen to hear from you as these places are currently a priority.

Our Musical Roots

Inspired by 2016’s #Routes2Roots campaign young people from urban arts organisation City of Colours developed a project exploring Birmingham’s musical history.

Birmingham has a varied musical heritage from the origins of Black Sabbath to over 90% of the UK’s bhangra music being produced here. However, only 11% of people interviewed by the youth panel could name a single Birmingham musician. They developed a project to broaden people’s perceptions with heritage partner Birmingham Music Archives and successfully applied for a Young Roots grant of £35,200.

Following an intensive training programme, interviewing musicians and visiting many of Birmingham’s iconic music venues, the young people delivered workshops at eight secondary schools to explore some of Birmingham Music Archives collection and create re-imagined album covers. These were exhibited at the 2016 City of Colours festival which had over 10,000 visitors.

Women and Theatre

Women’s Work

Funding available for new projects in Birmingham

Women from Small Heath came together to learn more about the little-known story of female factory workers during the First World War. Birmingham Small Arms factory, the wartime manufacturer of the Lewis Gun, became a particular focus for their research.

With a ‘First World War: Then and Now’ grant of £10,000 several women discovered they had family links. After some oral history training they interviewed their relatives and members of the public about their ancestors’ experiences. The group used their research to produce a theatrical piece called Clocking On, taking character names from real female factory workers and the road names from their archived pay slips.

Get in touch

  • Find out more about HLF and the projects they fund at hlf.org.uk. If you already have an idea in mind send an online project enquiry for individual feedback.
  • Get in touch with development officer Elise Turner to arrange an informal chat through your ideas on 0121 616 6883 or email: turner@hlf.org.uk
  • Book a place at a free monthly workshops at a central Birmingham location to help develop your ideas hlf.org.uk/WestMidsEvents
  • Connect with others, ask questions and solve problems through the friendly HLF Online Community hlf.org.uk/community
  • Connect with HLF on twitter @HLFWestMids, Facebook and Instagram (Heritage Lottery Fund)

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