With a year to go until we mark the centenary of the UK entering the First World War, North Wiltshire MP James Gray is urging his constituents to consider applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for funding of community projects to learn more about the First World War.
HLF is making at least £1 million a year available until 2019 as part of the First World War: then and now programme for small community grants. It will provide grants of £3,000 to £10,000 enabling groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.
Mr Gray said: “I’m delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities. Like many areas across the UK, the impact of the First World War on the people of Wiltshire was extensive. Those who want to find out more about its legacy or who wish to mark the Centenary, I would urge to get in touch with HLF.”
Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of HLF, said: "The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s new programme will enable communities to explore the continuing legacy of this war and help young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”
Successful project are likely to include:
• researching, identifying and recording local heritage;
• creating a community archive or collection;
• developing new interpretation of heritage through exhibitions, trails or smartphone apps;
• researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources
• conserving and finding out more about war memorials
Application packs are available online at http://www.hlf.org.uk/ThenAndNow.