War memorial grants only available for one more year
12th November 2018
Communities in Powys only have one year to apply for grants to help preserve World War One memorials for future.
The Powys War Memorials Project, which can provide grants to repair, restore or maintain World War One memorials in the county, has one year left before the project ends.
The maximum grant available for repair works for one memorial is £5,000 while up to £200 is available to improve war memorial surroundings such as fencing, gates or lighting. The grants from the project can cover up to 90% of the cost of the work.
Any type of established World War One memorial in the county is eligible including stone obelisks, stained glass windows, plaques, statues or halls. World War One memorials with additions for other wars are also eligible. The application process for a grant is quick and easy.
The repair grants are being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so it's advisable to apply as soon as possible.
Some memorials were completed in time for Remembrance Sunday including Rhayader Clock Tower, Newtown Memorial Gates and Crickhowell Town Memorial.
Cllr Martin Weale, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said: "The Powys War Memorials Project marks our respect for those individuals who left Powys sacrificing their lives.
"Memorials form an integral part of our towns, villages and communities and provide a focal point for remembrance. The funding gives Powys a chance to remember and ensure that these memorials are protected and kept for future generations."
The Powys War Memorials Project, which is being hosted by Powys County Council, commemorates the centenary of World War One, and has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.
The project can also provide funding for community training, such as how to research the names on war memorials or how to set up a website to record names on war memorials. The project also supports communities to develop World War One heritage walks and facilitates community events linked with World War One.
For more information about the Powys War Memorial Project, contact Catherine Pugh, Powys War Memorials Project Officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More information including case studies can be found on the website www.powyswarmemorials.co.uk/