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Groups urged to apply for First World War grants
2:05pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
An MP is urging his constituents to apply for funding for community projects to learn more about the First World War.
The Heritage Lottery Fund 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 to help groups explore, conserve and share the First World War heritage while deepening their understanding of the impact of the conflict.
Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew is urging his constituents to think about marking the centenary, with projects such as researching local heritage; creating a community archive, and developing new interpretations of heritage through exhibitions, trails or smartphone apps.
Mr Andrew 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 my constituency was extensive. For those who want to find out more about its legacy or who wish to mark the Centenary, I would urge them to get in touch with HLF.”
Dame Jenny Abramsky, chairwoman 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.”
Application packs can be downloaded at hlf.org.uk/ ThenAndNow by groups with project ideas to mark the centenary.