20 June 2017


WASHINGTON, DC: Great news - The 100 CITIES/100 MEMORIALS matching grant program has extended their submission deadline. The giveaway will now accept preservation project matching grant applications until July 10th, 2017. 

100 CITIES/100 MEMORIALS provides matching-funds for those who adopt & preserve local World War I memorials in their community. The grant program is managed by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission in Washington DC, and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago. 100 Cities / 100 Memorials offers award grants for up to 100 local projects around the country. Details are here .

"The deadline was extended for a simple reason", Kenneth Clarke, President and CEO of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library explained. "We are in touch with a number of people who needed just a little more time to get their package in. We don't want to tell them "No", or say "Your World War I preservation project is not important to us. Those projects are absolutely important to us". 

Dan Dayton, Executive Director of the US WWI Centennial Commission, agreed. "This program is for local communities, to honor their local veterans. We want to be as inclusive as we possibly can. This program offers an opportunity for people across the country to meaningfully participate in the national World War I Centennial". 

100 Cities / 100 Memorials has drawn a great enthusiasm since it launched in July of 2016. The American Legion has endorsed it, at their national level, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars also became a supporting partner. The program has also yielded a great number of grant applicants. "Dozens, and dozens" Said Kenneth Clarke. "We are thrilled".

Dayton added "This deadline-extension opens the door for a few more project teams. If you had a local World War I memorial project underway, but missed the deadline, we want to hear about it! Fill out the form, and send it to us". 

For more information about the program go to

Information on the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission can be found at

Information about the Pritzker Military Museum and Library can be found at