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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Stephen Lloyd MP urges Eastbourne communities to apply for Heritage Lottery funding to mark the Centenary of the First World War

February 25, 2014 2:50 PM

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

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 will provide 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.

Stephen Lloyd, who is also chairman of the Eastbourne 1914-2014 Commemorative Committee, urged his constituents to think about how they would like to mark the Centenary. Successful projects could include:

Stephen said: "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 Eastbourne and the surrounding area was huge. For those who want to find out more, I would urge them to get in touch with HLF to see if they secure financial backing for their project."

Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of HLF, said: "The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund's First World War: then and now programme will enable communities to explore the continuing legacy of this war and help young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world."

HLF has already invested over £46million 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.