Image of a workman restoring a war memorial.
A war memorial being restored. © Historic England DSC_4609.
A war memorial being restored. © Historic England DSC_4609.

Grants for War Memorials

Historic England has been providing grants for the conservation and repair of war memorials since 2001.

Between 2004 and 2014 we partnered with the Wolfson Foundation in providing grants for war memorials and the War Memorials Trust from 2015 to 2020.

War memorials are a unique aspect of our national heritage. You will find a war memorial at the heart of almost every community in England. You can visit the Grants Showcase on the War Memorials Trust website to see some of the work we have supported to date.

How to apply

Government has made significant sums available for communities wishing to repair and conserve their war memorials during the centenary of the First World War. Historic England now funds the War Memorials Trust through the National Capacity Building Grants programme, to provide grants for war memorials. Grants are available for between £300 and £30,000 and for up to 75% of eligible costs.

Please visit the War Memorials Trust website for more details on the types of funding available, the eligibility criteria and how to apply. Their Conservation Officer will be happy to help you with your enquiry and on many other aspects of how to care for war memorials.

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