Wartime project funding on offer

Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley.
Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley.
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Funding is on offer for community projects exploring the First World War.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has made £2million available this year for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the conflict during its centenary.

Blyth Valley has yet to receive any money from the fund and MP Ronnie Campbell is urging groups to apply.

He said: “It’s so important that we remember the impact of this war 100 years on.

“There is still time to apply for National Lottery money and I would urge anyone in Blyth Valley with an idea for their own project to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

Sir Peter Luff, chairman of the HLF, said: “The demand for National Lottery funding for First World War projects has been phenomenal and so far we have reached almost 83 per cent of UK constituencies.

“However, we want to make that 100 per cent. So we are urging everyone with an idea for a project, even if you have been HLF funded before, to get in touch.”

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.

Grants of £3,000 to £10,000 are available.

For details, visit www.hlf.org.uk