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6 February 2024

Office of Veterans’ Affairs Offers Grant to Create LGBT Armed Forces Community Memorial Grant

The Office of Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) is offering one grant of up to £350,000 to create a public memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum as per the recommendation 17-19 of the LGBT Veterans’ Independent Review.

The memorial should reflect the views of the LGBT serving and veteran community, which should be collected as part of the project, with efforts made to engage harder to reach cohorts.  The project should be delivered by March 2025, culminating in the erection of the memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Charities, Community Interest Companies, and non-governmental organisations can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • A formal not-for-profit constitution (set of rules) or governing document which shows its objectives and management structure].
  • Previous experience of either working with the LGBT community, the veteran community, and / or the National Memorial Arboretum.

It is desirable that the applicant/s have previous experience of commissioning work to memorialise service in the UK Armed Forces or can demonstrate the ability to acquire or access this experience.

The grant can cover, but is not limited to, consultation, design competition, artist selection and engagement, submission of application to the National Memorial Arboretum, liaison with the National Memorial Arboretum, any planning consent or statutory authority requirements, building and installation of the memorial, in-perpetuity maintenance of the memorial, including the agreement and payment of an in perpetuity maintenance agreement with the National Memorial Arboretum and staff costs.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

The deadline for applications is 25 February 2024 (23.59)

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