31 JAN 2017

Funding the Centenary

MP Helen Grant has called on businesses in her constituency of Maidstone and the Weald to take advantage of grants offered by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

As part of the World War One centenary commemorations, HLF has made £2million available this year for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the war. Grants are available between £3,000 and £10,000.

There are now more than 1,620 First World War projects taking place across the UK, thanks to more than £82million of investment from HLF. However Maidstone and the Weald has yet to be awarded any money under the scheme. Mrs Grant, who was formerly Minister for the World War One Centenary, has urged organisations in her constituency to investigate whether they might qualify for funding.

Helen Grant MP laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in London to mark anniversary of WW1 Gallipoli Campaign

Mrs Grant said: "This is a hugely important initiative and it is right that we do all we can to commemorate the courageous sacrifices made 100 years ago. The projects seen so far have been evocative and inspiring. Now I am keen for more local residents to get involved with this important scheme. I would urge anyone 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. These have included researching and recording local heritage, conserving war memorials, and using digital technology to share the fascinating stories that have been uncovered.

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the HLF, said: "The demand for National Lottery funding for First World War projects has been phenomenal and so far we have reached almost 83 per cent of UK constituencies. But we want to make that 100 per cent. So we are urging everyone with an idea for a project, even if you have been HLF funded before, to get in touch."

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