Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has urged community groups in the Caerphilly constituency to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund to help finance projects about the First World War.
The Heritage Lottery Fund are making available over £1 million a year until 2019 to support projects that focus not just on the events of 1914–1918, but also on the lasting changes the war brought about.
Mr David was speaking after attending an event in Parliament organised by the Heritage Lottery Fund, where he was told that people or community groups from the Caerphilly constituency can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000. The money should be for projects that will help explore, conserve and share First World War heritage and deepen understanding of the impact of the conflict.
Successful projects could include researching, identifying and recording local heritage, creating a community archive, researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources or conserving and finding out more about war memorials.
Wayne David said, “I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities. The impact of the First World War was far-reaching and it is important to commemorate the impact it had on our area.
“The First World War: then and now programme will enable individuals or organisations to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and, in particular, help young people to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.
“If you have a project idea to mark the Centenary of the First World War please click here to log on to the Heritage Lottery Fund website for more details of how to apply for a grant.”