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   Small Grants for end of World War 2 commemoration events    7 January, 2015
Next summer marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. In celebration of this important anniversary, Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce a Small Grants Fund to encourage community activity.  
 
On 8th May 1945 more than a million people took to the streets to celebrate VE Day, the end of the war and peace at last in Europe.  Huge crowds amassed in front of Buckingham Palace as King George VI and Winston Churchill greeted a nation full of joy and relief at the prospect of peace following six years of conflict and hardship. Having agreed in principle to unconditional surrender on 15 August (VJ Day), Japan formally surrendered on 2nd September signifying the end of World War II throughout the rest of the world. 
 
It is an opportunity for communities and Cambridgeshire residents to come together to remember the wartime effort, celebrate peace, reminisce about the ‘unforgettable forties’ era and capture some of the celebratory mood of the time.  Whether it be a community tea dance, the researching and sharing of stories of the time, a lindy hop event, raising morale through music or sport, a ‘make do and mend’ community craft project, creating a ‘Dig For Victory’ garden or giving your fete or festival a forties theme, we would like you to design and deliver activities within your community that motivate and encourage people to get involved.
 
Small grants will be awarded to local groups and organisations to support community activities linked to and inspired by the 70th anniversary, wartime Britain and the 1940’s era.
 
Each grant will be up to a maximum of £500 and additional funding or support in kind will be expected.  The grants will be awarded in two rounds. The deadlines for applications for each round are 9th February and 9th March
 
For more details and how to apply for a Small Grant, please see the linked Guidance and Application Form.
 
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