The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced an extra £4million to help mark the Centenary of the First World War and Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, is urging local communities to apply for a grant.
Following the phenomenal success of its community grants programme First World War: then and now, HLF has made an additional £4million available in 2015/16 for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War. Grants are available between £3,000 to £10,000.
Mr Carmichael said: “Thanks to National Lottery funding, thousands of young people throughout the UK have already been involved in activities marking the First World War Centenary such as researching and recording local history and conserving war memorials.
“The role of Orcadians and Shetlanders in the War should not be overlooked. Our small communities suffered substantial loss of life and commemorations like this can help preserve the local heritage.
“It is important that we remember the impact of this war one hundred years on. There is still time to apply for National Lottery money and I would urge anyone in the Northern Isles with an idea for their own project to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund.”
Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the HLF, said: “The demand for National Lottery funding for First World War projects has been phenomenal, so much so we’ve decided to make extra money available. This will mean everyone, in particular more young people, can explore the momentous events of a war that shaped our nation, Europe and the world.”