MP Suella Fernandes is urging the Fareham community to apply to a new £4 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to explore the impact of the First World War.
The HLF has announced new National Lottery money following the phenomenal success of its community grants programme First World War: Then and Now. Grants between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War, particularly with the centenary anniversary of the Battle of the Somme coming up next year.
There is still time to apply for National Lottery money and I would urge anyone in Fareham with an idea for their own project to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery FundSuella Fernandes
Cllr Fernandes said: ‘The projects and stories that have already been shared as part of the First World War centenary have been an inspiration. It’s so important that we remember the impact of this war one hundred years on. There is still time to apply for National Lottery money and I would urge anyone in Fareham with an idea for their own project to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund.’
Thanks to National Lottery funding, thousands of young people and communities throughout the UK have already been involved in activities marking the centenary, such as researching and recording local heritage, conserving and finding out more about war memorials, and using digital technology to share the stories they uncover. The new fund will help even more people get involved to explore 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 the Somme and if groups want support for projects in 2016, they need to start thinking about applying now.’
More information is available at hlf.org.uk. This programme has a short application form, and is suitable for first-time applicants.