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Grant scheme launched to help mark war
12:00pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A GRANT scheme to help support communities in their plans to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day has been launched.
Funding of between £200 and £2,000 to help match-fund community-led projects and events will be made available through the new Hampshire Commemorates scheme which forms part of the raft of events and initiatives planned by Hampshire County Council to mark the anniversaries.
A new website (hants.gov.uk /hampshirecommemorates) will host details of the county council’s programme of commemorations, including the new grants scheme.
There will also be a section offering advice to local schools and communities who would like to get involved in the commemorations.
Later this autumn the ‘1914’ commemorative programme will be launched by a Hampshire Solent arts, museums and heritage partnership as the inaugural annual Hampshire’s Big Theme, supported by Arts Council England.
Hampshire County Council’s executive member for culture, recreation and countryside, Councillor Keith Chapman said: “This programme of commemorations will mark what are likely to be the last major anniversaries of their kind and is hugely important on a local and national level.
“Hampshire and its communities played a unique and internationally significant role during both the First World War and D-Day and we have set aside £100,000 to support this programme, including £50,000 of grant funding, which will also complement the national programme backed by Government.
“Among our preparations are a number of key projects such as the launch of this new grants scheme, as well as work to engage schools, including involvement in a performing arts initiative and a series of resource packs.”
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