The Y Heritage team have collected a range of resources to help your heritage journey come to life.


Take a look below at our resources, free for organisations that wish to explore Leicester’s heritage.


We’re proud to host four courses, available free of charge for young people who engage with YMCA. To access the courses, visit the below links and register for a free account. Thank you to John Coster at Doc Media Centre for creating these courses.


Y Heritage was made possible by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, so we understand that funding is sometimes essential for organisations to see successes with their heritage projects. With the help of our partners, we’ve gathered a collection of funding opportunities.


With thanks to the Grants Funding Team, Leicestershire County Council and Leicestershire Communities.


Looking further afield? We’ve popped together a list of National Funding opportunities.


Who can apply for funding?

To apply for a grant, you usually need to be a not-for-profit organisation, such as a registered charity or community group. You’ll need to have a constitution, a board of trustees and a bank account. Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies can usually also apply, as well as Town and Parish Councils.

The application form includes a question about the benefits, outcomes and impacts to be achieved with the funding. What is meant by outcomes and why are these so important?

Outcomes are basically the impacts of your project, i.e. the difference your project makes to the lives of the people who participate in and benefit from the project. It is really important that your application provides clear details about the difference the project is going to make. At the end of the period of funding, you will need to submit a report, detailing how the funding was used and the outcomes that were achieved. Having a focus on outcomes throughout your project will help you to demonstrate what your project has achieved.

What are the common reasons why applications get rejected?

Some of the main reasons why applications are rejected are as follows:

  • The project does not focus on the core goals of the funding
  • The target cohort of participants/beneficiaries haven’t been clearly defined or identified
  • The information in the application is poorly explained and lacks the required detail
  • Unclear information around the outcomes which are going to be achieved by the project

What monitoring information are asked for in the Grant Outcomes Report?

You’ll often be asked what your project has achieved, in terms of outcomes, impacts and benefits for the individuals who have benefited from activities delivered with the funding. It’s also good to disclose what lessons have been learned through delivering the project; what worked well and what didn’t, and how this will help you to design and deliver services in future. Sometimes grant providers will request to visit organisations, to see what you do first-hand and create case studies to show on their website.

What help/support is available for community groups wanting to apply?

Usually you can ring or email the Grants Officers to discuss your grant application, before applying. It’s best to make sure that your proposal is eligible for funding, before submitting your application. The Grants Officers will advise you accordingly and will give you suggestions about the types of information you need to include in your application. They will often be happy to receive an initial draft of your application and offer feedback on this before you submit the final version. Often there’s also detailed Guidance Notes, and our advice to all applicants is to make sure you read the guidance notes carefully before applying!