Apply for £6m WWI funding, urges Bill Newton Dunn MEP

May 16, 2013 8:38 PM

Big WingBill Newton Dunn is urging communities in East Midlands to apply for the new £6m First World War: then and now fund, which the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched.

HLF is making at least £1m available per year until 2019 to provide grants of between £3,000 and £10,000. The money will enable groups across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.

Communities can apply for grants for a variety of different projects, which could include:

  • Researching, identifying and recording local heritage
  • Creating a community archive or collection
  • Developing new interpretations of heritage through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps, etc.
  • Researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources
  • Conservation of war memorials

Commenting, Liberal Democrat MEP Bill Newton Dunn who is the author of "Big Wing: The Biography of Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory KCB, DSO and Bar" a founder of the RAF who flew in both WW1 and WW2 said:

"The First World War had an unprecedented impact on our communities, with so many young men leaving for the front. Few people are alive now who can give us a first-hand account of this period but the legacy they have left behind can still be felt and seen.

"The Heritage Lottery Fund will allow our communities to mark the centenary. I want to encourage those who want to commemorate the centenary to get in touch with the HLF and see if they can tap into this new fund.

"This anniversary will be a poignant time for local people. I look forward to working with different groups to bring the stories from that time alive and preserve our heritage for future generations."

More details on the Heritage Lottery Fund's initiative can be found on its website: http://bit.ly/15Pxfvu.