Angus MacNeil MP is encouraging Isles communities to apply for funding to uncover the stories of the First World War.

Following the phenomenal success of its community grants programme First World War: then and now, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has made an additional £4million available for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War.

Grants are available between £3,000 and £10,000.

Earlier this year, Mr MacNeil sent HLF funding information booklets to many local organisations and is aware of some who are taking forward projects, however he is keen that as many groups as possible can benefit.

He said: “These projects and stories have been an inspiration and it is so important that we remember the impact of the war 100 years on. There is still time to apply for National Lottery money and I would urge anyone in Na h-Eileanan an Iar with an idea for their own project to get in touch with HLF.”

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the HLF, said: “The demand for National Lottery funding for First World War projects has been phenomenal, so much so we’ve decided to make extra money available. That will mean everyone, in particular more young people, can explore the momentous events of a war that shaped our nation, Europe and the world. This year marks the Centenary of the Battle of Somme and if groups want support for projects examining its impact, do think about applying now.”

Online application packs are available