One year away from the Battle of the Somme centenary, Greg Hands MP urges communities within his constituency of Chelsea and Fulham to apply for new £4m Heritage Lottery Fund money to explore the impact of the First World War.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced new National Lottery money to help communities across the United Kingdom mark the centenary of the First World War, and Greg Hands, Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham, is urging local community groups to apply.
In response to the news Greg Hands said, “The projects and stories that have been shared as part of the First World War Centenary so far have been an inspiration. It is important that we remember the impact of the War one hundred years on. There is still time to apply for National Lottery money, and I urge anyone in Chelsea and Fulham, with an idea for their own project, to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund.”
Following the success of its community grants programme First World War: then and now, HLF has made an additional £4million available in 2015-16 for communities looking to explore, conserve, and share local heritage of the First World War. Grants are available for amounts between £3,000 and £10,000.
Thanks to National Lottery funding, thousands of young people and communities throughout the UK have already marked the Centenary in activities such as:
- researching and recording local heritage;
- conserving and finding out more about war memorials;
- and using digital technology to share the fascinating stories they uncover.
This new money will help even more people get involved in exploring a greater range of stories including those surrounding the Battle of the Somme.
Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the HLF, said, “The demand for National Lottery funding for First World War projects has been phenomenal, so much so we’ve decided to make extra money available. This will mean everyone, in particular more young people, can explore the momentous events of a war that shaped our nation, Europe and the world. Next year marks the centenary of the Battle of Somme and if groups want support for projects in 2016, they need to start thinking about applying now.
The money was announced on 8th July 2015 at a House of Commons reception which showcased just a handful of the 1,000+ First World War projects taking place across the UK, thanks to more than £70million of investment from HLF.
Projects on display showed the breadth and scale of First World War stories being explored and shared across the country:
- people from Tottenham and Walthamstow showed how they have been exploring their family history to see if any of their relatives fought in the war;
- young people from North Tyneside demonstrated how they have been using social media to retell the stories of local soldiers;
- and young women from Birmingham shared what they have been uncovering about the experiences of women who worked in factories during the conflict, in particular the Birmingham Small Arms factory in Small Heath.
Greg Hands looks forward to further projects marking the centenary of the First World War in his constituency of Chelsea and Fulham.
More information on how to apply for HLF funding is available at www.hlf.org.uk.