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Social Action Project Grants
for Young People

Applications are now open for the Manchester Museum x British Council Social Action Project Grants for Young People!


If you’re passionate about a social issue and want to make a change, but don't have the funds or support to do so - this funding is perfect for you! From workshops, events, creative output and campaigns, we are here to help you develop, deliver and evaluate your project idea, with up to £650 to carry this out.



What is it?

The Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) programme explores the shared histories of the UK and South Asia. We work with young people aged 11-25 to explore new ways for museums and youth organisations to work together and become better places for young people to explore identity, connect with others and to create new opportunities for young people. OSCH is led by the British Council, partnered with Manchester Museum, Glasgow Museums and UK Youth. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund's Kick the Dust programme which aims to involve more young people in heritage.


Manchester Museum are currently working with the British Council to provide a number of young people/organisation leaders who work with young people with the opportunity to receive funding in order to plan, deliver and evaluate a social action project they are passionate about. They will be supported by the museum’s Social Action Interns, Cultural Learning & Participation Officer Apprentices and members of the Manchester Museum staff.


The Criteria

  • You must be a group of young people (2 - 4 people) between the ages of 18 - 25 ,or a youth leader who works with young people aged 11 - 25

  • You must live in Manchester/Greater Manchester

  • Your project must be youth-led and relate to the theme of heritage

  • Your project must be focused on making a positive impact on your communities/young people


Application Process


Step 1: Attend our online Social Action Project Workshop on Tuesday 23rd November, 6 - 7pm. Here, you will get a chance to find out more about the project, speak to our Social Action Interns, ask questions, develop your project idea, and gain inspiration from organisations and groups that already do social action work. If you can’t attend this, contact us with any questions you may have, and visit our OSCH Youtube Channel to watch videos of organisations/groups that already run social action projects to gain some inspiration from them.


Step 2: Fill out the relevant application form below, before the deadline on Thursday 16th December 2021.


The deciding panel will consist of young people, Manchester Museum and British Council staff. Successful applicants will be notified in late December.

Key Dates & Application Forms:

  • Application Deadline: Thursday December 16th 2021

  • Project Completion Deadline: April 2022

Any questions?

If you would like further information or have any burning questions, please email


GDPR/Privacy Notice:

Manchester Museum manages the above surveys and will use the information you provide to process the applications. The survey data is shared with the British Council for the purpose of analysing applications. Your survey responses will remain anonymous.


Manchester Museum and the British Council comply with data protection law in the UK and laws in other countries that meet internationally accepted standards. For detailed information, please refer to the GDPR/policy webpage here. We will keep your information for a period of 7 years from the time of collection.



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