Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War: Small grants scheme

When VE Day dawns on 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 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan Day) falls later in the year, on 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 various 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 Chiltern and South Bucks, applicants can apply for funding of up to £150 per project for local events to mark VE (Victory in Europe Day) or VJ Day. These could be local events such as street parties, memorial services or musical performances. The events must take place on Friday 8 May, Saturday 9 May or Sunday 10 May 2020 for VE Day in order to be eligible for funding, or on the weekend of 14-16 August to mark VJ Day.

Cllr Mimi Harker OBE, Chiltern District Council Armed Forces Champion, said: "To some of the people who lived through the Second World War, whether as civilians or members of the armed forces, it may seem astonishing that we are approaching 75 years since the conflict ended.

"With each year that passes, it's important we don't forget the horrors of the war, the impact that it had on millions of people, and the sacrifices made by men and women who fought so bravely for our country, many of whom paid the ultimate price and lost their lives."

Cllr Duncan Smith, South Bucks District Council Armed Forces Champion, said: "I hope the landmark anniversary will be suitably commemorated across Chiltern and South Bucks, and I am delighted that we are able to offer a grant to support projects in our communities. I encourage anyone who is interested and meets the criteria to apply for the funding."

To apply for a grant, please complete and send the application form by no later than Friday 28 February 2020:

Decisions as to which applications will receive funding will be made during the week commencing 2 March 2020.

For further information, please go to:

www.chiltern.gov.uk/VEgrant