Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, is urging her constituents to think about how they would like to mark the centenary of the UK entering the First World War, by applying for funding for community projects.
Successful projects will include researching, identifying and recording local heritage, creating a community archive or collection and conserving and finding out more about war memorials.
Miss McIntosh said: “I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making the money available to local communities.
“Like many areas across the UK, the impact of the First World War on the people of Thirsk and Malton 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 get in touch with HLF.”
HLF is making at least £1million a year available until 2019 as part of the First World War: Then and Now programme for small, community grants.
It provides grants of £3,000 to £10,000 enabling groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.
Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the HLF, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond.
“The Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War: Then and Now programme will enable communities to explore the continuing legacy of this war and help young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”
HLF has already invested over £46million in projects – large and small – that will mark the centenary of the First World War.
If a group have a project idea to mark the centenary, an online application pack is available at http://www.hlf.org.uk/ThenandNow.
Any group needing a grant of more than £10,000 for a First World War project can apply to HLF through its open programmes.