Organisations have until 6 January 2014 to submit an application for funding to repair and conserve freestanding war memorials in England.
There are estimated to be more than 100,000 war memorials in the UK. Many of these are treasured but others are neglected and vandalised or left to suffer the effects of ageing and weathering. This funding is intended only for freestanding war memorials in England with no other functional purpose than as a war memorial.
Applications can be made for grants of up to 75% of project costs to a maximum of £30,000 depending on the project.
Funding can be used for the following:
- Urgent and necessary repairs and structural stabilisation.
- Cleaning under certain circumstances.
- Reinstatement of lost elements which form an integral part of the design of the memorial when supported by historical evidence.
- Works relating to hard landscaping which forms an integral part of the design of the monument.
Organisations that can meet the following criteria may apply:
- The project must be over £3,000.
- If the total project cost is over £20,000 a conservation-accredited architect or surveyor must be contracted on the project.
- If the applicant is not responsible for the memorial, written permission must be supplied from the owner consenting to the works.
- Any additional permissions required, such as Listed Building Consent, must be obtained before commencement.
- Three quotes are required for an application to this scheme.
Interested groups should complete a ‘Grants Pre-application form’ and send photographs of the memorial. Projects which are considered eligible will be sent the relevant application form.
Decisions on applications are advised approximately 10 weeks after the deadline
Full details can be found on the War Memorial Trusts website