Grants of up to £10,000 available for First World War community projects

Next year is the centenary of the start of the First World War

Next year is the centenary of the start of the First World War - Credit: Archant

GRANTS of up to £10,000 are being offered for community projects which mark next year’s centenary of the start of the First World War.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is coming to Chatteris on Thursday to hold one-to-one sessions with people to discuss their ideas and give advice about its various funding schemes.

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available through its “First World War: then and now” programme.

Rachel Fuller, the HLF East of England’s development officer, said: “Heritage can mean lots of different things and we want to encourage an imaginative, creative approach.

“We’re looking for all sorts of projects that engage people in their particular communities and help them learn more about the nature of the war and the impact it had on their local area. We’re particularly keen to get young people involved.”

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Activities that could gain HLF support include putting on an exhibition, telling a story through a smartphone app, DVD or website, creating a teaching pack or organising a community event.

The HLF will be at the Age UK office, 2 Victoria Street, Chatteris on June 20 from 9.30am-3.30pm.

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One-to-one sessions with the HLF must be booked in advance by calling Rachel Fuller on 01223 224880 or emailing

More details of the HLF’s grant programme and online application packs are available at

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