War Memorials Trust

Scotland: Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund

July 2013: Please note that quarterly assessment dates have now been introduced for this scheme.  Please read below for further information.

War Memorials Trust manages, on behalf of Historic Scotland and the Scottish Government, the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund (CMRF) open to all war memorials, of all types and dates, in Scotland.

Below is an outline of the key information relating to the scheme, but please see the ‘Guidance Notes’  and 'Principles and eligibility criteria' for detailed information on all aspects of making an application and eligible works.

The Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund is managed by a War Memorials Trust Conservation Officer based in Edinburgh.  All paperwork should be sent to War Memorials Trust's London office to be processed before it is dealt with by the Conservation Officer in Scotland.

Eligible memorials:

  • All war memorials of any type, from any conflict
  • Applications are assessed based on the priority of the need for the works and their urgency

Assessment dates:

  • Applications are assessed four times a year on the following dates: 28th February, 31st May, 31st August and 30th November.  If a war memorial requires urgent attention please contact War Memorials Trust to discuss this and if an urgent need is demonstrated assessment may be possible outside the normal assessment dates, but this must receive prior agreement from War Memorials Trust
  • Applications can be submitted at any time and should not be left until the assessment date as it may not be possible to consider them in time for that round
  • Following the assessment date please note that it may take up to four weeks for a decision to be advised to the applicant. If there are insufficient funds to offer a grant to your project or all the information for assessment is not available by the assessment date, your application will be considered at the next round

Amount of funding available:

  • Up to a maximum of 75% of eligible costs, up to a maximum grant of £30,000

Key requirements:

  • 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
  • Two or three quotes are required for an application to this scheme depending on the value of work

Examples of eligible works and ineligible works:

Please see the 'Principles and eligibility criteria'document for detailed guidance on eligible and ineligible works.

All works should be in keeping with the principles outlined in 'The repair and maintenance of war memorials' published by Historic Scotland.


  • If you are interested in applying to this scheme, you must first complete a ‘Grants Pre-application form
  • If your project is eligible then you will be sent the appropriate application documents
  • Please ensure you allow adequate time to submit a ‘Grants Pre-application form’ and receive a decision on this, as well as making a formal application if you have specific timeframes in mind. Guidance on timeframes can be found in the ‘Advice for applicants’ section
  • Any memorial seeking a grant must be recorded on War Memorials Online with a current condition status

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