Grants for War Memorials

23 / 04 / 2015

Events and News feature holding image - 220x140A new scheme to safeguard Wales’s war memorials was launched in March 2014.

At least 3,000 war memorials are known in Wales, each of which tells the stories of lives lost and the families and communities devastated by the effects of war. They continue to be focal points for commemoration and their care and conservation is vital to ensure that we continue to honour the memory of those who gave their lives in service for their country.

© Hawlfraint y Goron CBHC / © Crown Copyright RCAHMW

© Hawlfraint y Goron CBHC / © Crown Copyright RCAHMW

The conservation programme, led by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, is worth £400,000 and aims to look after war memorials right across Wales.

Developed in partnership with the War Memorials Trust, the scheme is helping  to safeguard memorials for future generations, with grants of up to 70% of the eligible costs (up to a maximum of £10,000) available for conservation and repair.

Everyone can have a role in looking after war memorials and Cadw and War Memorials Trust are encouraging volunteer groups, and town and community councils to get involved.

To help make sure that people know the best way to look after their local war memorial, Cadw has produced Caring for War Memorials in Wales, which explains their significance and how to draw up conservation maintenance plans.  Technical guidance is also available on the Cadw website, which offers more detailed conservation advice on how to care for war memorials and when to get specialist help.

logo_enTo find out more about the scheme, and download the grant application form and guidance, go to our Grants for War Memorials page or contact Cadw on 01443 336000.

The scheme forms part of Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918, the centenary programme of commemoration of the First World War led by the Welsh Government in partnership with key organisations across Wales.

UK War Memorials website

UK War Memorials has been developed to provide easy access to what specialist organisations know about war memorials and tap into expert advice on how best to look after them. This includes how to get grants for conservation and how to get memorials listed.

It will expand in stages over the next four years so that by the end of the project will be easily searchable, helping people track down historical information, listed status, condition and inscribed names.