War Memorials Trust

Step 1: Submit your Grants Pre-application

Any grant application starts with a Grants Pre-application form. This simple form enables you to provide the initial information the charity needs to assess if your project can be helped by our funding. Please do read the information provided in this Grants section to ensure you understand the process and timeframes.

War Memorials Trust only supports works to war memorials that follow best conservation practice. People are often unaware that over-cleaning, power-washing, using chemicals and other works are likely to cause long-term damage to their war memorials.

If you decide not to apply for a grant please do still use the advice available from the charity to ensure any works you undertake follow best conservation practice. There are a range of helpsheets available from War Memorials Trust, national heritage bodies and other conservation organisations including finding contractors, cleaning and conservation of different materials and wider issues around war memorials. Any contractor you select should be aware of best conservation practice and you can discuss their proposals with them in light of the published information.


To start your enquiry about a grant 

  1. Read the What we fund section to check if War Memorials Trust can fund your project. If you are not sure if your project is eligible then follow the advice at the end of this page
  2. Download a Grants Pre-application form, fill it in and return to War Memorials Trust with photographs.  We must have good quality, recent, colour photographs to be able to see problems and if you are concerned about a particular issue make sure you provide a photograph of it - we cannot advise on what we cannot see. Please be aware we cannot accept emails larger than 8MB in size.


What is a Grants Pre-application form?

It is a simple two-page form which allows you to explain your project and provide some background information. It is an informal funding enquiry - it is not a grant application.


  • must include good quality, recent, colour photographs
  • should provide as much information as you have available at this stage. If you have a quote or quotes then include them. If you do not have quotes at this stage it does not matter, but you should give details of the specific works you intend to undertake, or the issues you are concerned about, rather than using general terms such as 'renovate' and 'restore'. These are too vague for War Memorials Trust  to comment on

If you do not know what works the war memorial needs follow the advice at the end of this page.


What happens to my Grants Pre-application form?

When you submit your Grants Pre-application form:

  • by email - you will receive an automated response - if you do not receive this then we have not received your email. It is your responsibility to check this. Be aware, we cannot accept emails larger than 8MB in size.
  • by post - we do not acknowledge these but if you enclose a stamped address envelope we can confirm its arrival
  • we will process your form and it will be allocated to a Conservation Officer to review, or we will request further information from you. Please note we only pass forms to the Conservation Officer when all information is received
  • we will provide advice on whether your project can be funded and the likely priority level for the works. We do not guarantee a timeframe for this but will aim to respond within one month (of the date when all information was received) - please do not chase for a response before then. All forms are assessed in date received order so timeframes will depend on the number of forms currently being assessed and wider workload


What advice will War Memorials Trust provide?

If your project is eligible for funding you will receive:

  • comments on the information in your Grants Pre-application form
  • advice on best conservation practice for the works you plan to undertake. This advice should be read and followed. Submitting an Application Form which ignores our advice will lead to a rejection. If you have any questions or concerns about the information provided you should discuss this with the Conservation Officer who provides the advice. We are happy to support you through the grant process
  • an Application Form with Guidance Notes which you will need to complete to make a formal application

If your project is not eligible for funding you will receive:

  • advice on what War Memorials Trust could fund in place of the works proposed, if an alternative solution is possible, or 
  • details on why it is not eligible


What if I do not know if my project is eligible or what type of work we need to do?

To enable us to give you advice we need accurate information and good quality, recent, colour photographs. See Step 6 for common mistakes in submitting grant information.

The ways of getting advice from War Memorials Trust are:

  • - recommended - upload details about your war memorial, including photographs, and its condition to War Memorials Online and use the Report a Concern button on the memorial page to request advice. Make sure you are logged on to ensure we have your email address to send a reply. This is the quickest way to get a response as it ensures all information is immediately available to the Conservation Team
  • email us with details of your war memorial and photographs. Be aware, we cannot accept emails larger than 8MB in size so you may have to submit multiple emails or use a photo-sharing system. All emails received will have to be processed before they can be reviewed by a member of the Conservation Team so this type of enquiry will take longer than using War Memorials Online
  • post details of your war memorial with photographs. All letters received will have to be processed before they can be reviewed by a member of the Conservation Team so this type of enquiry will take the longest to respond to as none of the Conservation Team are based in the London office

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