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Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund

War memorial
In January 2013 the First Minister announced the launch of the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund. He explained that there is a million pound fund available to local communities throughout Scotland to help restore their war memorials, to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1. The First Minister commented, that the fund will help communities across Scotland to continue to pay their respects to those who fell during both World Wars and other conflicts.

About the scheme

The 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. The Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund will be managed by a War Memorials Trust Conservation Officer based in Edinburgh. They are expected to be in post for July 2013. 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.
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.

Eligible memorials

  • All war memorials of any type, from any conflict.


  • There are no set deadlines. Applications are regularly assessed throughout the year. On submission of an application a timeframe for progress will be provided, in line with the ‘Advice for applicants’. If deadlines are introduced at future date information will be provided on this website and to any applicants impacted. Deadlines may be required to manage applications if demand is greater than the funding available.
  • It should be noted that any enquiries submitted between April 2013 and June 2013 will be held until a member of staff is appointed to manage this scheme. Anyone seeking a quicker response to an enquiry can discuss applying to WMT's Small Grants Scheme.


  • Up to a maximum of 75% of eligible costs and 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


  • 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

Contact Information

War Memorials Trust
42a Buckingham Palace Road
Tel: 020 7834 0200 / 0300 123 0764

The War Memorials Trust also offer a grant scheme of their own which may be able to help with projects that don’t meet the above criteria.