War memorials were often erected by public subscription and as a result not all war memorials have an official custodian.
There are many sources of funding for war memorial conservation, but the best place to start is with War Memorials Trust.
War Memorials Trust works to protect and conserve war memorials in the UK and administers grant schemes to support repair and conservation works. It administers a number of different grant schemes including one-off additional government funding through the centenary for First World War memorials. Grants are normally made at up to 75% of eligible costs up to a normal maximum of £30,000. Even if War Memorials Trust is not funding your project they can still offer advice and support to ensure that all works carried out are appropriate.
In England, War Memorials Trust manages grant schemes supported by Historic England, the Government and its own fundraising. Grants are normally made at up to 75% of eligible costs up to a normal maximum of £30,000. To start your application visit the War Memorials Trust website.
The Scottish Government’s Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund is providing £1million from 2013 to 2018, to restore all types of war memorials in Scotland, regardless of the conflict they commemorate. War Memorials Trust accepts applications for grants of up to a maximum of £30,000 (up to 75% of the eligible costs) for restoration works.
Historic Scotland’s Technical Conservation Group supports conservation training costs of up to £1,000 with their Conservation Training Grants Scheme. Major high quality repairs and restoration (not maintenance) to buildings of historic interest may qualify for Building Repair Grants and there is also support available through the Ancient Monuments Grants for monuments that are not inhabited buildings or those in ecclesiastical use.
In Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency is responsible for recording and protecting Northern Ireland’s built heritage, including war memorials. It provides grant-aid of up to £150,000 (up to 35% of repair costs) to fund repairs to listed buildings. If a memorial is listed then it may be eligible.
In Wales, Cadw’s Grants for War Memorials offer funding to safeguard memorials for future generations by repairing and conserving them. Applications can be made for grants of up to £10,000 (for a maximum of 70% of the eligible costs) for all types of war memorials. War Memorials Trust is working with Cadw to offer additional grants in certain circumstances. All enquiries should go through Cadw.