The Centenary of the First World War is a chance to understand the war, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today. At a recent Parliamentary event Ellesmere Port and Neston MP, Justin Madders, found out more about how the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supports projects across the UK that focus not just on the events of 1914-1918 but also on the lasting changes the war brought about.
“I’m delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities. Like many areas across the UK, the impact of the First World War on the people of Ellesmere Port and Neston was extensive. Anyone who wants to find out more about its legacy or who wishes to mark the Centenary should get in touch with HLF and consider applying for a community project grant.
“HLF 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 to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.
“We already have two excellent local projects funded under this scheme; the ‘Growing Memories’ venture undertaken by UCE Academy Ellesmere Port and the Willaston Village Festival Society’s ‘Lest We Forget’ initiative; let’s hope we will soon see more in our community!
“If any local group has a project idea to mark the Centenary of the First World War, an online application pack is available http://www.hlf.org.uk/ThenAndNow.”