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Two young women looking at a framed photograph during the Hanging Out project. Photo Damian Walker

 Understanding the First World War 

4 August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

As we approach this important Centenary, people of all ages throughout the United Kingdom will be reflecting on the events of the First World War, the experiences of men and women here and overseas, and how the war has shaped the last 100 years.

Heritage Lottery Fund can provide funding to help groups, communities and organisations mark the Centenary by exploring, conserving and sharing the heritage of the First World War, from memorials, buildings and sites, to photographs, letters and literature.

Find out more about the grants we offer from £3,000 - £10,000, £10,000 - £100,000 and £100,000 upwards.

Find out more about what we fund by reading our answers to questions on war memorials, poppies, activity and travel abroad and other project activities.

The heritage of the First World War includes anything relating to the First World War that we value and want to pass on to future generations – see examples of the heritage your project might explore.

Since April 2010, we have awarded more than £47million to projects which explore the heritage of the First World War and are pleased to be working with Government on the UK-wide Centenary programme.

Soldier and mother 

Soldier and mother. Copyright IWM 

Grants for First World War projects

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