Steve Barclay MP urges local communities to apply for funding to mark the Centenary of WWI

Steve Barclay
Steve Barclay

Steve Barclay MP is urging community groups in Cambridgeshire to put on their historical thinking caps and consider applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s £6m grants programme to fund educational and cultural projects marking the upcoming centenary of the First World War.

With a year to go before the centenary of WWI, Heritage Lottery Funds has set aside £1m a year until 2019 to fund projects as part of the ‘First World War: then and now’, a programme for small, community grants.

The programme will offer grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for projects which encourage communities to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.

Mr Barclay said: “I’m delighted that local residents have the opportunity to get involved in the nationwide commemorations of the UK’s involvement in the First World War thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund grants.

“With firsthand accounts increasingly rare, it is more important than ever that we take every opportunity available to educate younger generations about the importance of the First World War and the impact it has upon our lives even today.

“I would encourage local community groups in Cambridgeshire to get in touch with HLF and find out more about how projects such as creating archives, exhibitions and performances could support the legacy of this important moment in our nation’s history.”

HLF has already invested over £15million in projects of various sized that will mark the Centenary of the First World War. If a group has a project idea to mark the Centenary of the First World War, an online application pack is available at 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.