WW1 Memorial Restoration Grants

Communities across Devon are commemorating the contributions, commitment and sacrifice that families a century ago gave during World War One, 1914-18.

More than 11,000 Devon men and women died in the Great War, and starting in 2014 for four years, people young and old will be marking the centenary in their own personal way. Communities will also be coming together to discover stories about their shared past and forging new relationships for the future.

As part of Devon's Armed Forces Community Covenant, Devon County Council has teamed up with a range of organisations - including the Royal British Legion, Devon Communities Together, Exeter and Plymouth City Councils, Torbay Council, 43 Wessex Brigade, Royal Navy, Exeter University, Devon Museums Group, Devon Arts in Schools Initiative, trade union groups and local history societies - to instigate, support and co-ordinate community projects across Devon that commemorate the centenary.

The Devons, 1914 © IWM (Q 1395)

The project is called Devon Remembers, and its objective is to restore public war memorials that commemorate WW1.

There were an estimated 2,000 war memorials created in Devon at the end of the Great War, in local communities, as well as by schools, clubs, churches and even businesses. While many memorials survive and are maintained, many have fallen into disrepair and lie largely unnoticed.

Devon County Council announced that £150,000 would be made available to the WW1 war memorials project, which will be administered by Devon Communities Together.

The Devon Remembers grants have now run for 3 rounds.

To date 62 restoration projects have been supported. Many memorials have had work done on them in time for community Remembrance services.

Restored Memorial in Bow, Autumn 2014

Fourth and Final Grant Round

The grant Panel is pleased to announce that there is some funding remaining, so there will be a fourth and final grant round closing on 30th January 2015.

As a reminder, the Devon Remembers grant will pay 75% of a memorial restoration cost up to a maximum grant of £3000. There is no minimum grant size for this grant round.

Download your application form here.

Applicants will need supporting letters/emails from their local Royal British Legion branch and County Councillor, quotes for the work to be done, evidence that thought has been given to getting appropriate conservation advice or church permissions, and photos of the memorial showing the need for the work.

Any group responsible for the maintenance of a memorial can apply. So far projects funded have included cleaning, repointing, repainting lettering (and adding letters/names if appropriate), restoring access steps, walls or railings, cleaning clock faces and restoring or improving surrounding surfaces to allow safe access to groups visiting the memorial.

There are many memorials in Devon which are nearly 100 years old. This is an opportunity to access some funding to help them mark the sacrifice of so many for many years to come.

For more information please click here to download the guidance notes or do contact Lesley Smith at [email protected]