Funding bid to support war memorial restoration – share your project ideas

The restoration of the Promenade’s war memorial is soon to take a step closer with a funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. As part of this, the council is inviting community organisations to consider any projects they would like to see included in the bid to highlight the significance of the First World War to the Cheltenham community. The deadline for expressions of interest is 18 December 2015.

Early next year, Cheltenham Borough Council will be submitting a bid to “Our Heritage” (part of the Heritage Lottery Fund) for funding to support both the physical restoration of the war memorial and commemorative events, ahead of the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018.

In order to secure the funding for a range of community-based activities across the borough to commemorate World 1, the council is inviting organisations who would like to include a project in the bid to send in an expression of interest.

To apply, please see the guidelines and download and complete the expression of interest form.

The council is looking to include projects to take place in 2017 or 2018 that will meet the aim of “connecting today’s community to the significance of World War 1” and come under one or more of the following themes:

• Capturing and sharing of local stories of soldiers from Cheltenham in World War 1
• Exploring our contribution to the war effort at home in Cheltenham
• Commemorating women who died serving their country
• Sharing music, art and poetry of the time that reflected the changing social history and culture

Activities can take the form of:

• Public activities, events and ceremonies
• Community involvement and discovery
• Education projects with children and young people

Any not for profit organisation can apply, and bids can be made of between £2000 and £20,000 for any one activity. The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 18 December, and the decision about which projects will be included in the Our Heritage bid will be communicated in early January.

For more information please contact Helen Down at helen.down@cheltenham.gov.uk or call 01242 774960.

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