2024 marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day - and one Norfolk council is offering grants to commemorate the landings in Normandy.

Breckland Council has launched two new grant schemes to help local groups commemorate the moment.

A total of £25,000 is being made available to support events to mark the historic event.

The Normandy landings in June 1944 – known as D-Day – began the liberation of France and made possible the Allied victory of World War II.

Tristan Ashby, Breckland Council’s executive member for health and communities, said: “These grants provide a great opportunity for communities to get together and commemorate the historic occasion. We have seen great success with our previous community grants and I look forward to seeing what events our D-Day 80 funding can help support.”

Breckland Council’s D-Day 80 Community Grant Scheme will make up to £500 grants available to help eligible groups and organisations to hold events and commemorative activities. The grants can be used to help fund costs.

A separate beacon match-funding scheme will make grants of up to £300 available for councils. The 50pc match-funding will help support organisers to purchase beacons for town or parish council land or with the agreement of the landowner. 

For more information and apply go to www.breckland.gov.uk/d-day-80-grants. Applications close on February 23.