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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.

This fund is making 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 the First World War.  

The fund will help communities across Scotland to continue to pay their respects to those who fell during both World Wars and other conflicts, commented the First Minister.

About the scheme

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 is managed by a War Memorials Trust Conservation Officer based in Edinburgh. 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. Please see contact details below.

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.
  • Applications are assessed based on the priority of the need for the works and their urgency.


  • Please note CMRF is scheduled to run from April 2013 – March 2018.  You should check War Memorials Trust’s website, or contact War Memorials Trust, to confirm whether the scheme is still operational.  
  • The annual deadlines for applications are: 28th February, 31st May, 31st August and 30th November.  If a war memorial requires urgent attention please contact War Memorials Trust to discuss this and if an urgent need is demonstrated assessment may be possible outside the normal assessment dates, but this must receive prior agreement from War Memorials Trust.
  • Applications can be submitted at any time and should not be left until the deadlines.
  • Following the deadlines please note that it may take up to six weeks for a decision to be advised to the applicant.  If there are insufficient funds to offer a grant to your project, your application will be automatically considered within the next assessment.  Incomplete applications cannot be assessed, so please ensure you have included all the required information when you submit your application.


  • 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 of WMT website.
  • Any memorial seeking a grant must be recorded on War Memorials Online with a current condition status
  • Details must also be submitted to Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) to ensure that the memorial is recorded as part of Scotland’s national collection:

Contact Information

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

War Memorials Trust also offers a grant scheme of its own which may be able to help with projects that do not meet the above criteria.