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World War One Projects and Grants

Suggestions for World War One projects by individuals and local communities, information on sources of funding, and news on projects already taking place in Dorset.


Here are some of the ideas that we have had so far:

  • make a record of your local war memorial, or other heritage assets from World War One
  • research the people on your local war memorial or roll of honour
  • create a poppy meadow
  • arrange a quiz evening on a World War One theme
  • arrange a concert or community sing-song of popular songs of the time
  • organize a community conservation project, for example of the local war memorial or gravestones and their surroundings
  • take a trip to one of the many places in Dorset with connections to the war
  • research and create a community play, re-enactment or other dramatic event on a World War One theme

We'll provide guidance and resources to help you with some of these ideas, so keep an eye on this page. If you've had experience of projects such as these and have suggestions and advice to pass on, please let us know. If you know of an exciting project that you would like to copy, get in touch, and we'll see if we can find out more about it for you.

If you are planning an event as part of your project, you might like to tie your event to a local or national commemorative date.

Grants, national sources of funding

Sources of grants for the conservation and research of historic buildings and structures, with particular focus on celebrating the centenary of World War One.


Heritage Lottery Fund - First World War, then and now

Grants of £3,000 to £10,000 for communities to mark the centenary of World War One.

First World War, then and now

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund's Our Heritage (grants from £10,000 to £100,000) and Heritage Grants (grants over £100,000) are general programmes, but applications for World War One projects are welcomed.

Heritage Lottery Fund guidance on applications for World War One projects.

Heritage Lottery Fund - Parks for People The Heritage Lottery Fund can also support war memorials where they are located in public parks, as part of its Parks for People fund.
Historic England

English Heritage provides grants for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England through a scheme jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation, and in partnership with the War Memorials Trust.

Grants for war memorials in England.

War Memorials Trust Other grants are available from the War Memorials Trust.
Department of Culture Media and Sport - Memorials Grant Scheme A scheme under which charities and faith groups can claim as a grant the equivalent of the VAT paid on the eligible costs of erecting, maintaining or repairing public memorials.

There are many other grant schemes available for the conservation and improved presentation of historic buildings across the UK. Information on these can be found on the Funds for Historic Buildings website.

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