Cheadle communities urged to apply for HLF funding to mark the Centenary of the First World War

February 14, 2014 2:24 PM

With the upcoming centenary of the First World War, Mark Hunter MP is urging his constituents to consider applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for community projects to learn more about the Great War.

Mark met with HLF officials in Westminster this week to discuss funding for local projects. HLF is making at least £1million 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 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.

Mark is asking interested constituents to consider how they would like to mark the Centenary.

Heritage Lottery Fund Tiffany Hunt

Mark meets with Tiffany Hunt, Chair of North West Committee, HLF

Successful projects could include:

Mark said:

"I'm delighted that the HLF 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 Cheadle constituency was extensive. For those who want to find out more about its legacy or who wish to mark the Centenary, I would strongly urge them to get in touch with HLF."

Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair 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 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."

HLF has already invested over £45million 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 http://www.hlf.org.uk/ThenAndNow.

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