HLF – First World War: Then and Now

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) uses money from the National Lottery to support a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom. The Fund aims to mark the Centenary of the First World War by supporting community projects in the UK which explore, conserve and share the heritage of the First World War. Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations in the UK are eligible to apply. Examples of the heritage that projects might explore are as follows:

  • Local places with First World War associations of any kind.
  • Objects, photographs, documents, books and newspapers which tell the stories of individuals and communities involved in or affected by the war.
  • Training trenches or airfields.
  • Buildings and structures used in the war or affected by the war (eg factories or hospitals).
  • Places, objects and collections linked to the industrial, maritime and transport heritage of the First World War.
  • Historical memorials, including memorial gardens, commemorating lives lost in the war.
  • Existing recordings of people’s memories and experiences from the First World War.
  • The memories and experiences of people who were affected by the First World War after it happened, such as the children of people involved.
  • Art, literature, music, theatre, film and popular culture focusing on the First World War, either created during the war or in later years.
  • Natural heritage and landscapes affected by the war.
  • Any of these types of heritage created since the First World War that show its impact on the United Kingdom and people currently living here.

Projects should enable communities to understand more about the heritage of the First World War and benefit a wide range of people. In particular, priority will be given to projects that help young people aged 11 to 25 years to take an active part in the Centenary commemorations.

Email clive.martyn@trustbids.co.uk if you have a project that you would like to take forward.