War Memorials Trust urges custodians and those responsible for war memorials to apply for funding as soon as possible where conservation and repair is needed as there is now limited funding available while the next deadline for grant applications is 30th September.
War Memorials Trust writes:
Custodians and those responsible for war memorials to apply for funding as soon as possible where conservation and repair is needed as there is now limited funding available which is supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s First World War Memorials Programme and this funding will only be available until the end of the First World War Centenary in 2018. All cases will be assessed on a priority basis. Large and complex projects may take up to 12 months or more to complete so the Trust encourages those wishing to apply to engage with the Trust as soon as possible. For those who have already received Pre-application advice please note that the next deadline for grant applications is 30th September 2017.
Funding will still be available from War Memorials Trust after this date. If you are interested in applying for a grant towards works to repair and/or conserve a war memorial you should start by submitting a Grants Pre-application form obtained from www.warmemorials.org/grants
In the aftermath of the First World War, the people of Britain needed a focus for their grief, loss and pride. War memorials were erected across the UK in the greatest wave of remembrance this nation has ever seen.
They form an important part of our rich cultural heritage and connect us with the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today. They provide insight into the changing face of commemoration as well as artistic, social, local, military and international history.
Throughout the First World War Centenary 2014-2018, organisations across the UK will work together on a programme of recording, research, conservation and listing that ensures war memorials across Britain are protected and the people they commemorate are remembered.
UK War Memorials is the place to find the answers to your questions and discover how you can get involved. If you are a professional working with memorials (e.g. stone mason) you can access specialist conservation information. Advice can also be found through War Memorials Trust conservation help sheets. In addition, specific guidance is available if your memorial is in Scotland or Wales.
War Memorials Online is an unprecedented opportunity for the public to upload images of war memorials and log concerns for the conservation of these important community and historical sources for future generations. This is an opportunity to build a complete picture of the whereabouts, type and condition of all war memorials in the UK. To date, contributors have added over 30,000 war memorials to War Memorials Online and over 20,000 condition reports.
For more background see http://ukwarmemorials.org