War memorials are a familiar sight throughout Wales. Each tells the stories of lives lost and the families and communities devastated by the effects of war. They continue to be focal points for commemoration and their care and conservation is vital to ensure that we continue to honour the memory of those who gave their lives in service for their country.
Cadw’s grant scheme is designed to help with projects for the repair and conservation of war memorials in Wales.
Developed in partnership with the War Memorials Trust, the scheme will help to safeguard memorials for future generations, with grants of up to 70% of the eligible costs (up to a maximum of £10,000) available for conservation and repair.
To make an application you will need:
- guidance notes
- an application form
- Caring for War Memorials in Wales
- Caring for War Memorials in Wales — Technical Guidance.
PDF versions of these documents can be found below. Please contact Cadw if you need paper copies of any of these documents.
Caring for War Memorials in Wales
Caring for War Memorials in Wales explains the special interest of war memorials in Wales and suggests how custodians, local authorities, community and town councils, and local people can draw up conservation maintenance plans to make sure that this unique legacy is looked after for future generations.
However, there is a delicate balance to be struck between maintaining a memorial and any work that could cause damage or accelerate its decay. For more detailed technical maintenance guidance, please consult our companion publication Caring for War Memorials — Technical Guidance.
The scheme forms part of Cymru’n Cofio – Wales Remembers 1914-1918, the centenary programme of commemoration of the First World War led by the Welsh Government.
War Memorials Trust
Grants may be available for war memorials from the War Memorials Trust. The trust can also advise on appropriate conservation methods.
You can find further details on the War Memorials Trust website or telephone 020 7233 7356.
Memorials Grant Scheme
Additional help may be available through this scheme run by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in Wales and England, which refunds VAT incurred in the construction, repair and maintenance of memorials.
You can find further details on the memorials grant scheme website or telephone 0845 600 6430.
Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund can provide funding to help groups, communities and organisations mark the centenary of the First World War, including memorials, buildings and sites.
UK War Memorials website
UK War Memorials has been developed to provide easy access to what specialist organisations know about war memorials and tap into expert advice on how best to look after them. This includes how to get grants for conservation and how to get memorials listed.
It will expand in stages over the next four years so that by the end of the project ukwarmemorials.org will be easily searchable, helping people track down historical information, listed status, condition and inscribed names.