Cleobury Mortimer MP highlights fund for First World War centenary projects (From Kidderminster Shuttle)
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Cleobury Mortimer MP highlights fund for First World War centenary projects
6:10am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
CLEOBURY Mortimer’s MP is encouraging constituents and heritage groups in South Shropshire to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for community projects to learn more about the First World War.
Conservative Philip Dunne made his appeal with a year to go until the centenary of Britain entering the conflict.
The Heritage Lottery Fund is making at least £1 million a year available until 2019 as part of the First World War: then and now programme for small community grants, which will range from £3,000 to £10,000.
They will enable groups to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the conflict.
Mr Dunne said: “I am pleased that the Heritage Lottery Fund is helping mark the centenary of Britain’s engagement in the First World War.
“The impact of the First World War across the UK was enormous, as can be seen on every memorial to the fallen in every village and town. The nature of Shropshire’s small towns and villages also meant that this loss of life had an acute impact on local communities here.”
He added: “I would urge local history societies, British Legion branches or anyone who wants to find out more about the legacy of the First World War, or who wishes to mark the centenary, to get in touch with Heritage Lottery Fund.”
The fund has already invested over £15 million in projects - large and small - that will mark the centenary. For groups with project ideas to mark the anniversary, an online application pack is available at hlf.org.uk/ThenAndNow
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