Cash help to mark centenary of WWI outbreak

Funding opportunity for World War One events
Funding opportunity for World War One events

Villages and towns across the Eastwood and Kimberley area can now claim up to £300 to help them commemorate the Great War in their local area.

Nottinghamshire County Council has approved £10,000 per year grant aid funding which will offer financial support to local groups to bring the history of the 1914 – 18 War to life and help people understand how the war impacted on their community.

The Community Commemoration Fund, officially launched this week at Mansfield Museum, will attract applications from a range of groups including historical societies, parish councils, schools, uniformed groups such as cadets, scouts and guides, youth clubs, church groups and art societies. All applications must be supported by the group’s county councillor.

Among the activities eligible for funding are:

Theatre productions

Educational visits to a UK based exhibition, museum or memorial

Film shows/concerts


Local art exhibitions

War memorial research and restoration

Talks and demonstrations

Poetry competitions

Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council Alan Rhodes said: “We are keen to encourage and support community activities across the county to mark the Great War and this fund will offer a helping hand.

“It is important that people never forget the sacrifices and bravery displayed by so many men and women from Nottinghamshire, particularly the 13,000 who lost their lives as a result of the War.“

And Deputy Leader Joyce Bosnjak added: “One of the main aims of the fund is that activities will bring communities together and highlight the social and economic change of the times.

“Activities that are jointly funded, educational and registered with the Trent to Trenches website will be viewed favourably.”

Also attending the launch are community groups from the Mansfield and Ashfield area, representatives from Trent to Trenches, Mansfield Museum staff and British Legion representatives.

Groups can apply for funding by downloading an application form from

The first round of applications will cover events and activities taking place before 1st September 2014.