First World War centenary

Borderers are being urged to apply for a share of the new £6 million First World War Heritage Lottery Fund launched last week.

HLF is making at least £1 million available per year for six years until 2019 to provide grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to enable groups across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.

Borders MP Michael Moore is urging constituents to think about how they would like to mark the centenary.

Successful projects will include: researching, identifying and recording local heritage; creating a community archive or collection; developing new interpretation of heritage through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps etc; researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources; conservation of war memorials.

Michael Moore MP said:“I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities to mark 100 years since World War One.

“Like many areas of the UK, the First World War had a huge impact on the Borders and with our strong ties to the armed forces, I know that this anniversary will be a poignant time for local people .

“I want to encourage those who want to commemorate the centenary to get in touch with the HLF and see if they can tap into this new fund.”

If a grant of more than £10,000 is needed for a First World War project, applicants can apply to HLF through its open programmes.