Gwynne supports bid for First World War heritage grants 

unknownLocal MP, Andrew Gwynne, has today joined forces with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in seeking a community grant to conserve and improve local First World War heritage sites. 

Following the phenomenal success of its community grants programme First World War: then and now, HLF has made £2million available this year for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War. Grants are available between £3,000 and £10,000.

Thanks to National Lottery funding, thousands of young people and communities throughout the UK have already been involved in activities marking the Centenary such as: researching and recording local heritage; conserving and finding out more about war memorials; and using digital technology to share the fascinating stories they uncover.

Unfortunately, Denton and Reddish constituency is one of a minority across England that has yet to receive a grant and Andrew is encouraging local organisations to apply.

Andrew Gwynne said: 

“These projects and stories 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 Denton and Reddish with an idea for their own project to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

Sir Peter Luff, Chair 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.

“But 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.” 

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

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