Looking for local heritage projects

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The Heritage Lottery Fund is on the lookout for imaginative local projects to mark next year’s centenary of the First World War.

It is coming to Chatteris next Thursday (June 20) to offer local people a one-to-one session to discuss their ideas and get advice about its various funding schemes.

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available through its “First World War: then and now” programme. A wide range of community projects could qualify for support.

Rachel Fuller, the HLF East of England’s development officer, said: “Heritage can mean lots of different things and we want to encourage an imaginative, creative approach.

“We’re looking for all sorts of projects that engage people in their particular communities and help them learn more about the nature of the war and the impact it had on their local area. We’re particularly keen to get young people involved.”

Activities that could gain HLF support include putting on an exhibition, telling a story through a smartphone app, DVD or website, creating a teaching pack or organising a community event.

The HLF will be at the Age UK office, 2 Victoria Street, Chatteris on Thursday, June 20 (9.30am-

3.30pm) as part of a general advice and information surgery for community groups organised by

the Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service (CCVS).

The one-to-one sessions with the HLF must be booked in advance: call Rachel Fuller on 01223 224880 or email Rachelf@hlf.org.uk.

More details of the HLF’s grant programme and online application packs are available at