Reverberate through the ages – open until 10am 21 September 2020

Reverberate is a new funding scheme for grassroots organisations to run small, locally-based projects that enable and empower young people (aged 11-25) to re-discover, re-imagine and re-create their local heritage through creativity, and share their vision with their communities.

Who can apply?
  • Grassroots organisations working with young people aged 11-25.
  • You do not have to be a registered charity. Local authorities can apply on behalf of a youth group. Schools can also apply if the activity is extra-curricular (e.g. an after school club).
  • Your project must have heritage at its heart, but they welcome applications from organisations working with young people at a grassroots level, particularly across the creative arts, youth centres, community groups, museums, libraries, Scouts/Guides, sports clubs, etc.
What are the funding priorities?

Projects should include elements of research and re-discovery of a historic stimulus, critical exploration, a creative response, and finally, sharing.Projects can be simple and small-scale. For example, you could choose to re-discover a song from your area’s past (e.g. folk song, mining song, sea shanty), or connected to your local area’s current community.

They are looking to support projects which can demonstrate the following things:
  • A curiosity in heritage – particularly local historical buildings, events, music, people and the stories and questions behind them. Everyone has a story, but not everyone’s story gets told – who in your community should be remembered in 50, 100 or 500 years from now? Are there people from your area in the past whose stories inspire you today?
  • Explore place and community – projects that are local, encourage a sense of civic pride and social spirit, connection with the community and across generations. Are there any local legends or places that have special meaning in your community?
  • Empower young people – projects where young people are front and centre. What local heritage sites/places/stories are important to young people? How will young people lead their own creative activities and/or be involved in the process of designing the project or activities? How does the project empower young people to tell their own history and what it means to them? We encourage you to consult young people, listen to what they tell you, and use this to shape your plans.
  • Share a creative outcome – projects should have a creative outcome that can be shared online. This could be a piece of music, soundscape, photography journal, film, artwork, local heritage map, game etc. The end result doesn’t need to be highly polished; simple and low-tech is perfectly fine. All project work must credit the funders of the scheme including the National Lottery Heritage Fund; full guidance will be provided to successful applicants.
  • Inclusivity, diversity and accessibility – how is your activity inclusive and able to engage all young people? How does it address feelings of exclusion, re-discover and give a voice to stories and people that have been left out of the dominant historical narrative? How does your project consider accessibility (including using the social model of disability), equality and equity of access, and diversity?
  • Progression and signposting – your project may well offer young people their first steps into heritage. If so, how might young people further develop this interest? We encourage all grant holders to signpost young people to other Shout Out Loud opportunities.
  • Evaluation – all grant holders will be required to collect some monitoring and evaluation information, to share project outcomes and learning and to be part of a network with other participating projects.
What can you apply for / use the grant for?
  • You can apply for funding up to £2,000.
  • They expect at least 8 participants to directly benefit from each project.
  • You may want to work in partnership to deliver the project. Please indicate any proposed partners in your application and how they will be involved.
  • All projects must take place within England.
Is there a deadline?
  • Yes. The fund is open to applications until 10am 21 September. Contact Sound Connections to book a 20-minute surgery over the phone or Zoom – they will only accept applications if you have completed a surgery. Contact
  • If you are successful, you will be invited to attend an obligatory online induction session with all grant holders on 5 October 2020. Activity must be completed by 20 December 2020 and all reports submitted. A final sharing session will take place in January 2021 involving all grant holders.
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