Karl urges Lincoln communities to apply for National Lottery money available to mark First World War Centenary

On Tuesday 13th January, Karl McCartney MP for the City of Lincoln, attended a House of Commons drop-in session hosted by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to find out how people from his constituency can secure Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money to help them mark the Centenary of the First World War.


Grants of between £3,000 to £10,000 are available throughout the Centenary through HLF’s ‘First World War: then and now’ programme which is enabling people to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage.  Groups that need a grant of more than £10,000 for a project can apply to HLF through its open programmes.


Karl McCartney MP urged his constituents to think about how they would like to mark the Centenary.  Successful projects may, or 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;
  • conserving and finding out more about war memorials

Karl McCartney MP said: “I’m delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities.  Like many areas across the UK, the impact of the First World War on the people of Lincoln was extensive.   For those who want to find out more about its legacy or who wish to mark the Centenary, I would urge them to contact the HLF.”

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said: “It’s been wonderful to see so many communities taking up this opportunity to explore how the First World War affected their local area. So many interesting and unexpected stories are being uncovered, helping us to develop a rich and long-lasting picture of how this momentous conflict touched and shaped every corner of the UK.”
HLF has already invested over £60million in projects – large and small – that will mark the Centenary of First World War. If a group have a project idea to mark the Centenary of the First World War, an online application pack is available http://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 HLF through its open programmes


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Please contact Natasha Hughes or Alison Scott, HLF Press Office, on tel: (020) 7591 6143/6032. Out of hours mobile: 07973 613820, or Karl McCartney MP at karl.mccartney.mp@parliament.uk / 020 7219 7221.