War Memorials Trust

Step 6: Avoid common mistakes

This page highlights some of the commonest problems which WMT sees on Application Forms. Avoiding these will give your application a greater chance of success.

  1. Incomplete applications or insufficient information
  2. Too few quotes
  3. Lack of historical information
  4. Poor quality photographs


Incomplete applications or insufficient information

WMT only asks for information it needs. All the information is requested for a specific reason. For example, multiple quotes are requested because we have to show that grants offered take into account value for money and appropriate methods. Having more than one quote allows for a comparison of these two areas.

Therefore, if we have asked a question on the Application Form we need an answer. If:

  • you do not answer a question, or questions
  • you do not send information required

then WMT will have to reject your application as incomplete. Alternatively, WMT will have to ask you for the information which will delay your application. WMT will make reasonable efforts to obtain the information it needs to assess your application but failure to submit this within the time outlined may see your application expire as the charity cannot hold applications open indefinitely.


Too few quotes

WMT must take reasonable steps to ensure our grants are offered on the basis of best value for money and based on appropriate methods. This is why multiple quotes are required.

In most cases it is possible to obtain the required number of quotes. WMT may be able to make exceptions for memorials in very remote locations or for very specialist work as it may not be possible to obtain the required number of quotes in these cases. But this should be discussed with WMT before you submit an application.


Lack of historical information

Understanding the history of a war memorial is important to deciding what is appropriate to do today. It is important to recognise the importance of this. Often applicants do not undertake any research before applying for a grant. WMT has a helpsheet on 'Researching the history of a war memorial' you can use to help you. This aspect of a project which can be used to engage the wider community in caring about a war memorials such as a local historian, family history group or school.  WMT's website Learn about war memorials has a range of resources for schools and youth groups and as part of their local history, community or history studies they may be able to offer some assistance.

If you are struggle undertaking the research then contact WMT to discuss the issues. We may be able to provide some further advice.


Poor quality photographs

If there is a problem with an area or part of your war memorial and you are requesting funding for it then you need to show us. We will not fund a problem which we cannot see. You need to provide evidence of an issue.

Ensure you have provided photographs of every aspect of the war memorial including one showing the setting of the war memorial, the whole memorial and details of any problems e.g. cracks, failed mortar.


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