The Nottinghamshire Community Commemoration Fund 2014 - 2018

To mark the 100 year centenary of The Great War, Nottinghamshire County Council has established the Community Commemoration Fund. 

Financial grants of up to £300 are available to local communities to help reflect on what the war meant for their local area and how the lives of people were changed forever.

Submit an application

What sort of projects are eligible for funding?

The Community Commemoration Fund aims to offer financial support to local groups to bring the history of The Great War to life.

Activities eligible for funding include:

  • theatre - use an existing script or write a new play and perform it to explain how The Great War changed the lives of local people 
  • educational visits to a UK based exhibition, museum or memorial 
  • film shows – screen a period film or newsreel at a local venue 
  • re-enactments – bring history to life with an event involving local people as performers 
  • painting and drawing – use art to illustrate The Great War and organise a local exhibition 
  • war memorial research and restoration – remembering those that did not return from the frontline by making sure their name is recorded on your local war memorial 
  • moments in time – log and record local people remembering The Great War, helping to connect generations and share childhood memories 
  • musical concerts – bring to life the music of the time with a concert 
  • legacy projects – ensure that a local landmark or event is recorded and highlighted for future generations 
  • local exhibitions – hire a community hall or library to share a display about how your community was affected by the war 
  • talks and demonstrations – bring to life the changes brought about by the War and what it meant for those who went to war and those who stayed at home 
  • poetry and writing to express local life to create an exhibition. 

Research and information

Nottinghamshire County Libraries have local studies collections about World War One. Local libraries are a great community venue to stage an exhibition, production, talk or workshop about The Great War.

For further information about the support available for research, visit our libraries pages or use our Ask Libraries service.

How to apply

Complete and submit the application form online.

To increase the likelihood of your application being successful, please make sure that your project is:

  • registered with Trent to Trenches 
  • respectful and will have remembrance at the heart of the activity 
  • educational to help tell the history of Nottinghamshire and local communities during The Great War 
  • used to bring generations together 
  • not held to primarily raise money 
  • able to highlight the social and economic change of the day 
  • about bringing people together and does not use images or language that could cause undue distress or offence. 

Please check the guidance notes to help you complete the application form.

Please note:

  • All applicants will be notified by email about the outcome of their request for a Community Commemoration Fund grant. 

Previous projects

Since the grant scheme opened in 2014, 22 different schemes have received £5,000 in  funding from across the county.

These include:

  • 1260 Squadron Air Cadets in Newark – for educational visits 
  • Eton Avenue allotment society in Hawtonville – for a memorial garden dedicated to local men and women who lost their lives in the Great War 
  • Acacia Radio Association in Kirkby in Ashfield – an all-day broadcast devoted to the Great War which includes a music of the day section and a phone-in of family memories passed down through the years 
  • Cotgrave and District Royal British Legion – for a 1914 – 18 history website.

Other events that have already taken place include a multi-media presentation telling the story of the Great War through song and poetry, a photographic exhibition, trips to the Imperial War Museum and the Cenotaph, an evening of letter readings from the frontline and schools working closely with local history societies to look at the effect of the War on local people. 

Contact us

For enquiries about the Community Commemoration Fund contact our Community and Voluntary Sector team on telephone: 0115 9772041

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