McAlpine encourages local groups to apply to War Memorial Fund

MSP Joan McAlpine is encouraging local groups across the region to apply to the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund to renovate their local war memorials.

The Fund, launched by Former First Minister Alex Salmond in 2013, has already given grants to fund the restoration of memorials in Moffat and Dunscore.

The £1 million fund aims to help communities repair and restore local war memorials to their former glory and forms a central part of the Scottish Government’s commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.

Commenting, the SNP MSP said: 

“It is important that communities in Dumfries and Galloway, and across Scotland have the ability to renovate their memorials.  They are a mark of history and a tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

 “I would encourage everyone in Dumfries and Galloway to get in touch with the War Memorials Trust if they have a project that could benefit from this fund. 

“Groups should remember that the fund is not just for stone memorials, but also includes memorials created by workplaces, schools and other organisations, for example paintings and carvings. These are often forgotten but are eligible too.” 

Funding was announced this week ahead of Remembrance Sunday for a number of memorials across Scotland, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 95. Many more projects are set to benefit from the fund between now and March 2018. 

More information and details on how to apply available here:

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