Civic Initiative (Heritage) Grants Scheme

Cadw runs a grant scheme for helping voluntary organisations to promote a better understanding of their local heritage. This is known as the Civic Initiatives (Heritage) Grants Scheme. The maximum grant — which has to be matched by the voluntary organisation — is £5,000. The scheme is aimed at small-scale projects which help to preserve, enhance or improve the historic environment of Wales and increase social awareness of Welsh heritage. It is of particular relevance to civic societies or other local, voluntary groups.


Cadw can make grants to voluntary organisations for plaques to commemorate historic places or people. There is no dedicated blue plaque scheme, such as in England, but as part of its Civic Initiatives (Heritage) Grants scheme Cadw supports local organisations undertaking projects that enhance understanding and appreciation of the historic environment.  

Cadw has previously made grants for plaques that:

  • assist with the presentation of a historic structure
  • improve public appreciation of the built heritage or 
  • provide visitor information.  

The maximum grant is £5000, and this must be match-funded from non-public-sector resources.

We are not currently inviting new grant applications as we are concentrating available resources on those projects subject to existing offers.