First World War centenary fund

Men of one of the Scottish regiments in training at Barry Buddon Camp during the period of the First World War.

Men of one of the Scottish regiments in training at Barry Buddon Camp during the period of the First World War.

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The local MSP is encouraging communities to bid for a share of a £6 million fund to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey said it was important constituents make the most of the small grants programme announced by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

HLF is making at least £1 million available per year for six years until 2019. It will provide grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to enable communities and groups across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.

Mr Dey said: “This is an opportunity for people across Angus South, young and old, to remember the sacrifice of the First World War.

“But as well as helping remember our past it also ensures future generations grow up with a better understanding of the war and the impact it had on communities across Scotland.

“I would encourage community groups and individuals who are interested in applying for a share of the funding pot to get in touch with the HLF.”

Successful projects 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.

The new programme can also provide funding for the conservation of war memorials.

HLF has already invested £12 million in projects that will mark the centenary of the First World War.

If a group has a project idea to mark the centenary, an online application pack is available from HLF’s First World War: then and now page. If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 it can apply to HLF through its open programmes.