The programme provides Lottery funding to help World War II veterans who saw active service and are resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland to take part in commemorative visits (within the UK and overseas) to mark the anniversary of events that led to the end of WWII. The grants cover travel and accommodation expenses to enable veterans to make trips back to places across the world where they served. Funding is also available to take part in an official commemoration in the UK.
Applicants can apply for a fixed amount grant of between £165 and £8,140, depending on the number of people taking part and the destination. Grants will cover the costs of commemorative visits. A fixed amount of money will be available for each veteran and spouse and/or carer towards the cost of their visit. This will cover travel costs, insurance and accommodation.
Destinations are grouped into five zones:
- Northern and Western Europe
- Mediterranean and North Africa
- Egypt/Libya and Middle East
- Far East and Rest of World
Veterans who fought with, or alongside, British Forces in World War II and who are residents in the UK, Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland may apply. War widows and widowers of veterans are also eligible for funding, and carers and spouses can receive funding to travel with veterans.
Applications will be prioritised according to date of travel so that those applications with early travel dates are dealt with first.
The final date to travel is 31 December 2015. Application forms should be submitted far enough in advance to allow for processing.