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Grant scheme launched to commemorate VE Day


When VE Day dawns on Friday 8 May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent in Europe at the end of the Second World War.

The special day will be an opportunity to remember and reflect on the sacrifices that were made during the conflict, and show our gratitude to those who gave so much so that we could live in peace.

The 75-year anniversary of VJ (Victory in Japan) Day falls later in the year (Saturday 15 August) and offers another opportunity to remember the scale of service and sacrifice made by the men and women of the Second World War generation.

To recognise the landmark 75th anniversary year, Aylesbury, Chiltern and South Bucks, and Wycombe District Councils are launching small grant schemes for town and parish councils and constituted community groups to support activities taking place to mark the anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

In Wycombe District, applicants can apply for funding of up to £150 per project for local events to mark VE or VJ Day. These could be events such as street parties, memorial services or musical performances. For VE Day the events must take place on Friday 8, Saturday 9 or Sunday 10 May 2020 in order to be eligible for funding, or on the weekend of Friday 14 – Sunday 16 August for VJ Day.

Cllr Katrina Wood, Leader of Wycombe District Council, said: “In our community we still have many people who remember the horrors that happened during World War Two and the joy when that terrible conflict came to an end and victory was declared.

“We all owe a huge debt to those who fought so bravely for our country and our freedom, and I look forward to receiving applications for this funding to help local people commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day.”

The deadline for applications is Friday 28 February. Decisions as to which applications will receive funding will be made during the week commencing Monday 2 March 2020.

Find out more and apply for a grant.