MP urges communities to apply for National Lottery funding to explore the heritage of the First World War

MP urges communities to apply for National Lottery funding to explore the heritage of the First World War

Anne-Marie Trevelyan is urging constituents to consider applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for community projects to learn more about the First World War.

Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF’s First World War: then and now programme is making small, community grants available until 2019. It provides 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.

In the North East, projects in every constituency have now been awarded National Lottery funding.

Anne-Marie is urging everyone to get in touch with HLF if they have an idea for a project. Successful projects will include:

  • 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;
  • conserving and finding out more about war memorials

Anne-Marie said: “I’m delighted that the National Lottery 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 north Northumberland was extensive. There isn’t a community in our patch that hasn’t been touched by the horrors of war, or by the bravery and self-sacrifice of those courageous, valiant men and women who sacrificed so much for our nation. We honour them by never forgetting that sacrifice and bravery and I hope that everyone would want to find out more about the legacy of the conflict, and I would urge them to get in touch with HLF.”

Ivor Crowther, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund in the North East, 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 First World War: then and now 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.”

Since April 2010, HLF has awarded over £92million to more than 1,800 projects – large and small – that will mark the Centenary of First World War. If a group have a project idea to mark the Centenary of the First World War, an online application pack is available http://www.hlf.org.uk/ThenAndNow. If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 for a First World War project, it can apply to HLF through its open programmes.