£50,000 war chest to fund restorations

Cllr Alex Davidson at war memorial
Cllr Alex Davidson at war memorial

A £50,000 pot of cash has been set aside by West Lothian Council in order to allow community groups access to the wider £1 million Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund (CMRF).

As part of the council’s activities commemorating the centenary of the Great War, the new scheme, West Lothian Council’s War Memorial Support Grant Scheme, has now received full executive approval.

It is designed to allow community groups to apply for funds up to a maximum of 25 per cent of the total project cost, which they are required to have before applying for main funding from the CMRF.

In addition, the council has also set aside a smaller sum of money, £5000 named the West Lothian Council Small Grant Scheme, it will allow individuals to apply for sums of up to £500 to fund small scale community projects.

These could include the inclusion of new names on existing war memorials, cleaning inscriptions or minor repair work.

West Lothian Council’s veterans champion, Alex Davidson, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for communities to mark the centenary of the Great War. The creation of a £50,000 War Memorial Grant Scheme will be a real boost for community groups who want to access the funding.”

For more information on the Support Grant Scheme, email customer.service@westlothian.gov.uk or call: 01506 280000.