Funding pledged for World War One projects

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Communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War are being urged to apply for grants of up to £10,000.

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield is encouraging residents in the constituency to apply for money from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which has secured £4m to help communities across the UK mark the centenary of WWI.

Maria Caulfield 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 we remember the impact of this war one hundred years on.

“I would urge anyone in the Lewes constituency with an idea for their own project to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

Following the success of its community grants programme ‘First World War: then and now’, HLF has made an additional £4million available in 2015/16, with grants between £3,000 to £10,000.

Thanks to National Lottery funding, thousands of young people 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 fascinating stories they uncover.

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 can explore the momentous events of a war that shaped our nation.”

More information on how to apply for HLF funding is available at www.hlf.org.uk.

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