Teresa urges constituency groups to apply for National Lottery First World War Centenary money


teresa-pearce-mpTeresa has today urged local community groups to apply for Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money available for projects exploring the First World War during the current Centenary commemorations.

At present, no groups from the Erith and Thamesmead Constituency have received money from the Fund.

Following the phenomenal success of its community grants programme First World War: then and now, HLF has made £2 million available this year for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War. Grants are available between £3,000 and £10,000.

Thanks to National Lottery funding, thousands of young people and communities throughout the UK 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.

Teresa said:

“Community groups up and down the country have been using the Heritage Lottery Fund to commemorate the Great War and run fascinating events based on local histories of the war. Erith, Belvedere and the surrounding areas have a rich local history and there is a fascinating story to tell about our local area and the Great War.


“It is so important that we remember the impact of this war one hundred years on.  There is still time to apply for National Lottery money and I would urge anyone with an idea for their own project to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

There are now more than 1,620 First World War projects taking place across the UK, thanks to more than £82million of investment from HLF.

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




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