Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney backs grant scheme for First World War centenary

COLNE Valley Tory MP Jason McCartney wants people in his constituency to mark the centenary of the First World War.

COLNE Valley Tory MP Jason McCartney wants people in his constituency to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has £1m a year available until 2019 to fund projects and research.

Mr McCartney attended the launch of the fund’s small grants programme First World War: Then and Now and wants groups in the Colne Valley to apply.

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to research and record the impact and legacy of the Great War.

Projects could include creating community archives, exhibitions, visitor trails, smart phone applications or performing arts.

The new programme can also provide funding for the conservation of war memorials.

Mr McCartney said: “I’m delighted this money is available to local communities.

“Like many areas across the UK the impact of the First World War on the people of Colne Valley was extensive.”

An online application pack is available at www.hlf.org.uk/ThenAndNow.

If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 for a First World War project, it can apply to the fund through its open programmes.

Meanwhile, Kirklees Council has changed the date of a meeting in Dewsbury aimed at asking people how they want to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the war next year.

The meeting is now on Tuesday May 21 (2pm-4pm) at Dewsbury Town Hall.

 

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