The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched ‘First World War: Then & Now’, a new £6 million funding programme to help communities across the UK mark the Centenary of the First World War.
Over the next six years, not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to support community projects that explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.
Heritage Lottery Fund Chair, Dame Jenny Abramsky 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.
“At HLF, we are laying down the challenge to local communities across the UK to seek out these fascinating and important stories, many of which may now be hidden away, lost from living memory. Our funding is ready and waiting to help create a Centenary legacy that will ensure they are remembered and live on for at least another hundred years.”
The First World War: Then & Now small grants programme will support the following types of projects:
- Researching, identifying and recording local heritage.
- Creating a community archive or collection.
- Developing new interpretation of heritage through exhibitions, trails, Smartphone apps, etc.
- Researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources.
Applications can be made between now and 2018. Groups can apply more than once during this time. If Heritage Lottery Fund receives more applications than it can fund, it will give priority to projects which involve young people aged 11 to 25.
Full details along with an online Expressions of Interest form can be found on the HLF website (opens in new window).