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Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War Then and Now Grants Programme

The Heritage Lottery Fund's First World War Then and Now Grants Programme provides grant of between £3,000 and £10,000 for community projects lasting no longer than 2 years which explore, conserve and share the heritage of the First World War.

Projects should enable communities to understand more about the heritage of the First World War and benefit a wide range of people.

In particular, priority will be given to projects that help young people aged 11 to 25 years to take an active part in the Centenary commemorations.

There is no match funding requirement for this programme.

Examples of possible project ideas are :

  • Art, literature, music, theatre, film and popular culture focusing on the First World War, either created during the war or in later years;
  • Historical memorials, including memorial gardens, commemorating lives lost in the war;
  • Finding more out about the people listed on war memorials;
  • The memories and experiences of people who were affected by the First World War either during the period of the war (1914-1918) or its consequences on family and society following the war; or
  • Natural heritage and landscapes affected by the war.

A wide range of not-for-profit organisations and partnerships (who should identify a lead applicant) may apply, including:

  • Registered charities or trusts;
  • Museums;
  • Clubs or special interest groups;
  • Community or voluntary groups;
  • Town and parish councils;
  • Faith groups;
  • Heritage and history groups;
  • Local authorities;
  • Public sector organisations;
  • Schools and colleges;
  • Social enterprises;
  • Resident's associations; and
  • Youth groups.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Projects based outside the UK;
  • Projects where the main focus is meeting legal and/or statutory responsibilities;
  • Promoting the cause or beliefs of political organisations and faith organisations; or
  • Retrospective costs.

Applications may be submitted at any time until 31 March 2019. Appling organisations must have a bank account and a constitution.

Potential applicants are advised to submit a project enquiry form online before applying. Advice can then be provided on whether the project meets the priorities for funding and to provide support with an application.

Further information, guidelines and an application form is available to download from the Heritage Lottery Fund website.

Contact details for the fund are:

Heritage Lottery Fund, 7 Holbein Place, London SW1W 8NR

Tel: 020 7591 6042 Email:

3 October 2017 09:30

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