On May 15th, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) launched its ‘First World War: then and now’ funding strand; a £6 million small grants programme to help communities mark the Centenary of the First World War.
HLF is making at least £1 million available per year for six years until 2019. It will provide grants between £3,000 and £10,000 enabling communities and 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.
At the launch in the House of Commons, Culture Secretary of State Maria Miller, said: “It is completely right that we mark the Centenary of the First World War with a national programme capturing our national spirit and saying something about who we are as a people. But what we do also needs to help create an enduring cultural and educational legacy for communities. The HLF grant programme announced today will play a big part in this, and builds on the substantial investment they have already made towards the Centenary.”
Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of HLF, said: “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 projects will include:
• researching, identifying and recording local heritage
• creating a community archive or collection
• developing new interpretation through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps etc
• researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources
The new programme can also provide funding for the conservation of war memorials. HLF has already invested £12 million in 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 by clicking on: First World War: then and now page. 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.