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Cadw Ancient Monument Grants

Cadw and local heritage conservation volunteer groups

Nantgarw pottery and chinaworks
Nantgarw pottery and chinaworks
A conservation project undertaken in partnership between Cadw, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the BTCV. An ongoing project, vegetation clearance is being undertaken by BTCV conservation volunteers prior to a programme of pathway repair and masonry consolidation. Work included erecting a temporary shelter over this early bottle-nosed boiler, thought to have been installed by the steam engine pioneer, Richard Trevithick.
The urban townscapes and rural landscapes of Wales contain many historic ruins and ancient monuments. These historic monuments contribute to the character of our towns and countryside and may contain archaeological information that can help us to better understand the lives of our ancestors. Caring for such historic monuments is important, for ancient monuments and archaeological features once damaged or destroyed can never be replaced nor properly understood - and important pieces of the intricate jigsaw that forms our inheritance and history are lost.

If you are the owner of a Scheduled Ancient Monument you may be eligible for financial assistance (in the form of an Ancient Monument Grant from Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Government's historic environment service) to help you preserve and maintain it. However, if you are not the owner of the monument, but wish to organise and/or undertake conservation work to it and apply for a grant, you may do so - providing that you first obtain the owner’s written permission.

Cadw generally offers grant of 50% of the estimated total cost of the proposed work (although this percentage may be increased in certain circumstances). However, recognising that the role of the heritage conservation volunteer is becoming increasingly important in protecting such monuments, Cadw can take other forms of match funding into consideration. Conservation volunteer projects can provide site repair and maintenance alongside elements such as training, education, volunteer opportunities and many other associated community benefits. Cadw recognises that such projects and initiatives may be costly and is prepared to assist with Ancient Monument Grant in appropriate cases - and accepts that match funding can be provided in kind (volunteer labour for example) or in partnership with another funding body.

What local heritage conservation projects for volunteers are eligible for grant?

Y Graig, Abergavenny
Y Graig, Abergavenny
A Scout Association environmental project undertaken in partnership with Cadw and the BTCV. Over 120 Scouts and BTCV volunteers cleared vegetation from a ruinous post-medieval farmstead - which included this traditional beehive pigsty.
Applications for Ancient Monuments Grant are considered on a case by case basis. The precise nature of the projects and of the conservation works that are required will vary from monument to monument. To be eligible for consideration a proposed conservation volunteer project must:

  1. concern and benefit a Scheduled Ancient Monument(s);
  2. have obtained the permission of the relevant landowner(s);
  3. be organised by a community council or by an organisation with a recognised and proven track record in delivering similar projects and with all relevant accreditation and insurance;
  4. benefit the local community in terms of voluntary opportunities and/or the provision of an enhanced and accessible local historic environment;

If you wish to apply for grant but are not sure about how your proposed project should be organised, or how the proposed works should be undertaken, an officer from Cadw’s Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments or Conservation Architects will be able to give you advice. You should write or telephone Cadw to make an appointment to meet the professional officer on site to discuss the works.

Matt Ritchie
Assistant Inspector of Ancient Monuments

Plas Carew
Unit 5/7 Cefn Coed
Parc Nantgarw
CF15 7QQ



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