Understanding the First World War

Grantees talk about their First World War projects and how Heritage Lottery Fund money helped them bring their ideas to life
The First World War affected millions across the globe and shaped the world we live in.

The Centenary is a chance to understand the war, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today. We fund projects across the UK that focus not just on the events of 1914–1918 but also on the lasting changes the war brought about. The experiences of soldiers, the role of women, the places affected by the war, the way it has been commemorated and interpreted since – all of these are important parts of our First World War heritage.

We want to support projects that present new and different perspectives of the war and bring to light previously untold stories.

We have already funded more than 1,000 First World War Centenary projects up and down the UK. Projects are led by all sorts of organisations, including youth groups, resident’s associations, disability and faith groups and local history societies, as well as museums, archives and historic sites.

We will be funding First World War projects throughout the Centenary and beyond and are happy to see groups apply more than once.

Grants are available through First World War: then and now, Our Heritage, Young Roots and Heritage Grants. The grants programme with the simplest application form is First World War: then and now, which offers grants between £3,000 and £10,000.

If you’re thinking of applying to us, be inspired by what we’ve already funded, find out how you can connect with others and get advice on how to get funding. If you have a specific project idea in mind, you may find our answers to frequently asked questions useful.

A British soldier helping a woman farmhand to gather in the crops on the Home Front Credit: Horace Nicholls © IWM (Q 31134)
A group visiting IWM Duxford as part of the Blinded by War project led by Insight Society Credit: Brendan Kelly
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