AM urges constituents to apply for Lottery funding for First World War Centenary project

LOCAL Assembly Member Nick Ramsay was delighted to attend a recent Senedd event, hosted by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to find out how people from Welsh constituencies could secure new National Lottery money to help them mark the centenary of the First World War. 

Following the phenomenal success of its community grants programme “First World War: then and now”, HLF has made an additional £4million available in 2015/16 for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War. Grants are available between £3,000 to £10,000. This new money will help even more people get involved to explore a greater range of stories including those surrounding the Battle of the Somme.

Speaking after the event, Mr Ramsay said:

“The projects and stories I’ve seen here have been an inspiration.  It’s 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 in Monmouthshire with an idea for their own project to get in touch with HLF.”     

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, in particular more young people, can explore the momentous events of a war that shaped our nation, Europe and the world. Next year marks the centenary of the Battle of Somme and if groups want support for projects in 2016, they need to start thinking about applying now.”

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

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