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Sammy Urges Community Organisation Applications To The National Lottery

Sammy urges Community Organisation applications to the National Lottery for money available for First World War Centenary projects in East Antrim. 
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. We want as many people as possible to get involved to explore a greater range of stories including those surrounding the Battle of Gallipoli, the Battle of Jutland, the Battle of the Somme and Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres

Sammy 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. To date no applications have been successful in East Antrim and I would encourage community organisations, the British Legion, the Orange Order and heritage groups to consider making such an application. There are a wide range of ways in which the money can be applied for and it would be a great shame if East Antrim, a constituency from which a large number of people died in the First World War including the first MP casualty, were to lose out. There is still time to apply for National Lottery money and I would urge anyone in East Antrim with an idea for their own project to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund. Obviously any support I can give as MP for the area to any project I would be happy to do so.”  

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.”
There are now more than 1,620 First World War projects taking place across the UK, thanks to more than £82million of investment from HLF.
Our film shows just some of the projects already underway and outline the breadth and scale of First World War stories being explored and shared across the country -

More information on how to apply for HLF funding is available at   

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