Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for the City of Durham, has recently welcomed the news that nearly £17 million of National Lottery money has been invested in heritage projects across Durham since 1994, and has encouraged constituents to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for grants to explore the legacy of the First World War.

In this time, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded more than 157 grants to heritage projects in the area to fund projects such as restoring local parks and buildings, researching local history, protecting wildlife and exploring local archaeology.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is now looking to support projects in Durham that explore the impact of the First World War on our communties beyond 1918, and are offering grants between £3,000 and £10,000.

Roberta said: 

“Durham has an incredibly rich history, and I am delighted that the National Lottery have been supporting so many different activities that allow local residents to discover and explore that heritage for themselves. Like so much of the UK, Durham and the surrounding villages were changed forever by the First World War, and it so important that the impact of the war, and the sacrifices of so many should never be forgotten. 

I would strongly encourage anyone has an idea for a project relating to the First World War to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant. Details of how to apply can be found at www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/first-world-war-then-and-now.”

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