Steve McCabe MP urges Birmingham Selly Oak communities to apply for Heritage Lottery Funding to mark the Centenary of the First World War

With the upcoming centenary of the UK entering the First World War, Steve McCabe MP is urging his constituents to consider applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for community projects to learn more about the First World War. 

Heritage Lottery Fund 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 provides 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.

Every year, Steve runs Veterans’ Day in his constituency to mark the enormous contribution made by the older generation in protecting our way of life and this year he has asked Veterans to share their stories and memoirs of the First World War. The Veterans’ stories will be included in the Veterans’ Day commemoration booklet. In addition to this, Steve is encouraging young and old people to think about how they would like to mark the Centenary. Successful projects will include

  • researching, identifying and recording local heritage;
  • creating a community archive or collection;
  • developing new interpretation of heritage through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps etc;
  • researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources;
  • conserving and finding out more about war memorials

Steve McCabe MP said:

“The First World War changed Britain forever and touched every family and affected every community. I’m delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities. For those who want to find out more about its legacy or who wish to mark the Centenary, I would urge them to get in touch with Heritage Lottery Fund.”    

HLF has already invested over £47million 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.  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

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