War Memorials Trust

Step 1: Submit your Grants Pre-application

Wherever you are in the UK and whatever type of war memorial, works and cost your grant application starts with a Grants Pre-application form. This simple form enables you to provide the initial information WMT needs to assess if your project can be helped by our funding.

War Memorials Trust can still give advice on best conservation practice to ensure any works you undertake are safe and do not damage your war memorial even if you do not apply for a grant. To get advice you can use one of the following methods. War Memorials Online is the more efficient way of doing this as we can only accept emails which are smaller than 8MB in size so you may have to submit multiple emails if sending photographs.

  • upload details about your war memorial 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 to or include it in your message.    
  • email us with details of your war memorial and photographs
  • post details of your war memorial and photographs, find our address on our Contact Us page

If you wish to undertake a project to complete for 11th November 2018 it is unlikely you can obtain a grant unless your war memorial is in Very bad or Poor condition. This is because funds available to the charity to give out as grants are running low. We can only give out grants if donations or awards have been given to support this. With the very high demand for grants during the centenary we have already distributed over £3 million to 600 projects.  

As the centenary of World War I draws to an end there is currently high demand for grants so just because a project is eligible for funding does not mean the Trust can guarantee a grant can be made. All grant applications are subject to available funding with support given to those memorials where there is greatest need. War Memorials Trust cannot guarantee a grant application will be processed in time for any specific date and you need to be aware that the grant process will take time as due process is required to ensure all applications are fairly assessed. It is difficult to advise how long a process will take as it often depends on the quality of what you submit - providing all the required information will help WMT deal with it more quickly. 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 due to timeframes please use the advice available from the charity to ensure any works you undertake to your war memorial are appropriate. There are a range of helpsheets available on our website 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. You can also contact us to discuss your project.

The exception to this is Wales - there is a separate scheme in Wales run by Cadw - see our advice on Wales.


To start your enquiry about a grant 

  1. Read the What we fund section to check if WMT can fund your project. If you are not sure if your project is eligible then contact us
  2. Download a Grants Pre-application form, fill it in and return it to WMT with photographs


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 recent good quality 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 rather than using general terms such as 'renovate' and 'restore'. These are too vague for WMT to comment on

If you do not know what works the memorial needs then contact WMT to request our advice.


What happens to my Grants Pre-application form?

When you submit your Grants Pre-application form WMT aims to:

  • acknowledge we have received your form within one week
  • provide advice on whether your project can be funded and the likely priority level within six weeks

Please be aware that during the centenary of World War I there is a lot of interest in war memorial projects so response times will vary depending on the number of forms currently being dealt with.


What advice will WMT provide?

If WMT believes 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 is likely to lead to a rejection. If you have any questions or concerns about the information provided you should contact us to discuss. We are happy to provide further information and advice throughout the grant process
  • an Application Form with Guidance Notes which you will need to complete to make a formal application

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

  • details on why it is not eligible
  • advice on what WMT could fund in place of the works proposed if an alternative solution is possible

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