War Memorials Trust


War Memorials Trust administers a number of grants schemes which between them cover the whole of the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.  Currently programme funders include the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Historic England, Historic Scotland and War Memorials Trust (which raises money through fundraising to support grants).

Grants are currently available up to 75% of eligible costs with a normal maximum grant of £30,000.

Depending on the cost of your project you will have different requirements in relation to obtaining quotes/tenders. Grants can start from as little as £50 and have been above £30,000 in exceptional cases where substantial projects have been undertaken. War Memorials Trust seeks to help all war memorial custodians, whatever the nature and size of their war memorial by facilitating repair and conservation projects. 

Please note this section of the website is currently under review so basic information is provided here in relation to:

  • Types of work we can fund
  • Types of work we cannot fund
  • How to make an application
  • Deadline dates
  • Memorials Grant Scheme which relates to VAT reclaim 

We will shortly be updating this page and providing more detailed information and revised materials as we look to streamline the application process to make it easier for applicants. In the meantime

  • If you are interested in a grant you should completeGrants Pre-application form as a first step. You should download this, save to your device, complete, save and then email to War Memorials Trust. Alternatively you can download and print the form to complete by hand
  • If you are unsure if your project will be eligible, having read the information below, then we suggest you complete a Grants Pre-application form to enable War Memorials Trust to review. Alternatively you can email or post details of the memorial with photographs to War Memorials Trust and we can provide guidance on eligibility - please be aware it can be difficult to do this over the telephone without seeing what your war memorial looks like so photographs are important. If emailing photographs please be aware we cannot accept emails larger than 8MB so you may need to send photographs over multiple emails. Alternatively you can upload them via a Condition Report on the War Memorials Online website
  • If you have any questions you can call the Conservation Team on 020 7233 7356


Types of works we can fund:

  • Conservation
  • Like-for-like repair
  • Structural repair/stabilisation
  • Reinstatement of lost elements that form an integral part of the design
  • Addition of names where they can be accommodated on the memorial
  • Professional condition surveys and structural reports

Types of work we cannot fund:

  • New war memorials
  • Maintenance
  • Inappropriate work or methods
  • Relocation, unless the memorial is ‘at risk’ and as a last resort
  • Works to graves of any type
  • Applications to multiple schemes administered by the Trust for the same work
  • Where the work has already started or been completed

All our grant schemes are open to anyone to apply; individuals or organisations, including councils. If you are not responsible for the war memorial you must provide written proof that you have the custodian’s consent to carry out the proposed works.

Please note that the Trust cannot provide retrospective funding so if you have already finished your project we cannot give a grant.


How to make an application

If you think your project may be eligible for funding, the first stage for any funding enquiry is to complete a Grants Pre-application form. If the project is eligible for funding an Application Form scheme will be sent to you.

War Memorials Trust currently aims to provide a response within 4-6 weeks although this will depend on the volume of forms in the system. Please be aware interest is high due to the centenary of World War I.


Deadline dates

From 1st January 2016 all grants schemes will operate the same quarterly deadline dates. If, following assessment of your Grants Pre-application form, War Memorials Trust believes your project is eligible for funding you will be sent an Application Form.

The deadline for returning these will be

  • 31st March
  • 30th June
  • 30th September
  • 31st December

Upon receipt of an Application Form War Memorials Trust will acknowledge it. You will receive details of the outcome of the grant assessment normally with 6 weeks of the deadline date. You may receive

  • an Offer enabling you to start work
  • a Deferral which means further information is needed before an Offer can be made but War Memorials Trust believes the project can be supported or
  • a Rejection which means the project is ineligible for support

To avoid a Deferral or Rejection you should carefully read and follow all advice sent by War Memorials Trust at all stages. You should ensure all elements of the Application Form are completed and all requested information provided. War Memorials Trust is happy to answer questions about the application process at any stage so if you are unsure you should contact the charity.


Memorials Grant Scheme

From 1st April 2012 there will be major changes to the administration of the Memorials Grant Scheme (administered by DCMS) which may impact some potential applicants to the Trust. The Memorials Grant Scheme returns as a grant the VAT incurred by charities or faith groups exempted from the need to register as charities in building, repairing or maintaining public memorial structures. From 1st April 2012 there will be quarterly fixed budgets for the scheme and so payments will be made once a quarter. The payable rate will depend on the value of eligible claims received in that quarter, with each claim attracting a fair pro-rata payment. The maximum grant payable in response to any application will be 20% of project costs. Please see the website for further details www.memorialgrant.org.uk. In regards to the assessment of grants administered by the Trust, in terms of calculating eligible grant costs we will continue to assume that eligible applicants can reclaim their VAT costs under the scheme and therefore exclude VAT from eligible costs.  We are unable to increase grant awards if it is subsequently not possible to reclaim the full VAT.


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