Understanding the First World War

Grantees talk about their First World War projects and how HLF 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.

Communities leading the way

We have already funded more than 1,850 First World War Centenary projects across the UK. Projects are led by all sorts of organisations, including youth groups, residents' 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.

Apply for funding

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.

Women taking part in a First World War play
A group visiting IWM Duxford as part of the Blinded by War project led by Insight Society Credit: Brendan Kelly
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