Council offers money to mark war centenary in West Norfolk

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It was called the War to end all Wars. But the scars of conflict that started 100 years ago this summer still reverberate to this day.

But now community groups are being invited to bid for a share of £42,000 to help commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Events and tributes are being planned across the country in 2014 to remember those who fought and died in the conflict, 100 years since its outbreak on August 4, 1914.

West Norfolk Council will be working with agencies across the borough to mark the anniversary, and has allocated a special one-off fund so communities can take part in the historic commemoration.

Groups are now being invited to bid for a share of the cash to help them put on an event, develop a project, provide educational activities or to refurbish existing war memorials.

Councillor Elizabeth Nockolds, the council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “2014 is a significant 
anniversary and it is important that people remember those who lost their lives in this conflict.

“The outbreak of the war may have been 100 years ago, but many families in this area were affected by the impact.

“I hope communities will take advantage of this funding opportunity to create a fitting tribute to commemorate this centenary.”

A total of £42,000 has been made available, with priority being given to projects that are able to give evidence of match funding (matching the money given by the council with cash raised from other sources or donated by supporters) and a high level of community engagement and support.

Any non-profit community group can apply including voluntary groups, parish or town councils, charities, churches, social enterprises, community interest companies or schools.

The fund, being administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation, opened on Monday and the deadline for applications is February 21.

Applications will be considered towards the end of March and the successful applicants notified then.

For further information and to submit an application visit

Details of centenary events being planned by West Norfolk Council are due to be published shortly.

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