Grants and Funding

Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund

Financial support for communities for the conservation and repair of war memorials.

1 Overview

Local communities across Scotland can apply to this £1 million-fund for financial help to conserve and repair their war memorials.

Scotland’s First Minister launched the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund (CMRF) in January 2013 as a way to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.  

The fund will help communities to continue to pay their respects to those who fell during both World Wars and other conflicts.

Grants are awarded up to 75% of a project’s eligible costs, up to a normal maximum of £30,000.

It’s expected that CMRF applications will be considered up until 2018.

War Memorials Trust manages the fund on behalf of Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Find out more about the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund on the War Memorials Trust website

2 Eligibility

The Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund (CMRF) is open to all war memorials in Scotland. 

Memorials of all types and dates, and from any conflict will be considered for financial help.

Detailed guidance on eligible and ineligible works can be found on the War Memorials Trust website.

Record of the memorial’s status

Any memorial seeking a grant must be recorded on War Memorials Online with a current condition status.

You must also submit details to Historic Environment Scotland, to ensure that the memorial is recorded in the Canmore database

3 Criteria for awarding grants

Applications to the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund are assessed according to priority of need for the works and their urgency.

All works should be in keeping with the principles outlined in our Short Guide 3: The repair and maintenance of war memorials.

Quotes for the works required must accompany all applications. Two or three quotes will be needed depending on the value of the works.

The owner’s written permission for the works to take place must be supplied if the applicant isn’t legally responsible for the memorial.

Listed building consent, where needed, and any other permissions required must be issued before work begins. 

4 How to apply


The Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund is scheduled to run from April 2013 to March 2018. 

Before applying, you should check the War Memorials Trust website, or contact the Trust, to confirm that the scheme is still open.  

There are four application deadlines each year:

  • 31 March
  • 30 June
  • 30 September
  • 31 December

Applications can be submitted at any time, but you should aim to apply well in advance of your chosen deadline.

Urgent works may be considered outside of the normal assessment dates. You should contact War Memorials Trust to discuss urgent works before you apply.  

Applicants are informed of decisions within six weeks of a deadline.

Your application will be automatically entered into the next funding round for consideration if insufficient funds mean you can’t be offered a grant straightaway.

Pre-application stage

To apply to the fund, you must first complete a Grants Pre-application form. Make sure you allow enough time to submit and receive a decision on this.

Download the Pre-application form [Word, 77.5KB]

Email your completed form to:

Or by post to:

War Memorials Trust
42a Buckingham Palace Road

Application stage

Following assessment of your Grants Pre-application form you will be sent the formal application documents to complete if your project is eligible. Follow the instructions enclosed to submit your application.

A War Memorials Trust Conservation Officer based in Edinburgh deals with all applications for memorials in Scotland.

War Memorials Trust cannot assess incomplete applications. Make sure you’ve included all of the information requested before you submit your application.

Historic Environment Scotland is bound by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act. This means that any information that you send us or which is provided to help process your application may be made publicly available.


Download Short Guide 3: The repair and maintenance of war memorials - Guidance Notes - What can and cannot be funded

5 Contact

Contact War Memorials Trust with any questions about the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund.

The Trust administers a number of grant schemes. They may be able to help with projects that don’t meet the criteria for the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund.


Telephone: 0207 233 7356 / 0300 123 0764

War Memorials Trust
1st Floor
14 Buckingham Palace Road