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Takeover Day doesn’t have to cost a lot – involving young people on Takeover Day can save you money!

Here are some tips on using what you have already and finding the resources you need to maximise the impact of your project.

  • Partner with organisations that are already working positively with young people. Share resources and expertise with them.
  • Involve all your staff, not just your education and outreach people – for a genuine takeover.
  • Young people will help you to innovate: they could create a Facebook page or handle your Twitter feed or other social media campaigns, for example. Think about all the aspects of the activity you’re planning: could any part provide a learning opportunity for a young person?
  • Make your project part of your regular programme for young people so you can reuse the planning you’ve already done – build that into sustainability plans and funding applications.
  • If you do incur costs, there may be small grants available for your Takeover Day from local authorities or from private trusts and foundations.
  • Remember to plan as far in advance as possible, so you can apply in time to receive a decision.
  • You can always involve the young people themselves in the application process. That would make your application more authentic and powerful.

Criteria and deadlines for various funders change throughout the year, so it’s vital to plan your activities and budgets in advance, identifying needs, and the impact your activity will have on children, young people and your organisation. You might like to think about Takeover Day as one aspect of a wider engagement programme or consider an application which might span multiple years. Be ambitious!

The following websites contain a lot of useful information about sources of funding:

NCVO supports Funding Central which provides information about more than 4,000 sources of funding.

Arts Council England

Big Lottery Fund

Clore Duffield Foundation makes grants on a rolling application basis via a letter of application. Find out who can apply here and how to apply here.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation supports work with young people on a rolling application basis. Find out more about what they fund and how to apply here.

Foyle Foundation run a grant scheme designed to support smaller charities in the UK. Apply using the small grants form.

Garfield Weston Foundation Guidelines for how to apply are available here.

Heritage Lottery Fund offers the following grants:

Potential applicants should contact the Heritage Lottery Fund in advance to discuss funding opportunities.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Museum Development

Museum Development providers in England may be able to provide small grants to Accredited Museums. See their websites for more detail. You can access a list of current providers through the Arts Council England website.

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