Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour

Up to $30,000 (excluding GST) for projects which restore community war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour.


$1 - $30,000
Government, not-for-profit groups

Up to $30,000 (excluding GST) for community groups to restore war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour to their original condition, or changed to better reflect veteran service in the community. Only 1 application can be made per project.

This program support local war memorials in Victoria that commemorate Victorians who served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

You cannot apply for this grant if the project has started.


  • Who can apply?

    • ex-service organisations
    • local government authorities
    • not-for-profit organisations
    • educational institutions

    To be eligible applicants must:

    • be an incorporated body - or you can arrange for an incorporated organisation to act as an auspice on your behalf
    • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or provide written advice from the Australian Taxation Office that no withholding tax is required from the grant payment
    • be financially solvent
    • be based in Australia provided the project is located in Victoria
    • have provided a progress or final report for any previously funded Veterans Branch project

    If the war memorial or avenue of honour is situated on local council land it may be appropriate that your local council make the application on your behalf.

  • How we assess applications

    Applications will be assessed within 2-3 months.

    Your application will be assessed against other applications, the amount of funding available, and how the project will:

    • preserve the historic fabric and significance of the community war memorial, honour roll or avenue of honour
    • improve the experience for people attending commemorative services
    • increase community knowledge about the local history and purpose of the memorial,or avenue of honour
    • partner and consult with ex-service organisations, local councils, local business, schools and other bodies

    Types of activities that might be funded

    • Repointing the brickwork or stone of a memorial.
    • Repairs to broken statues or plinths that form part of a memorial.
    • Repairs to barriers and fences that surround and protect a memorial.
    • Rectification of sinking foundations or lifting paving.
    • Re-lettering and re-gilding.
    • Treatment of rusted original memorial gates or fences.
    • Installation of additional plaques at the site of the existing memorial or additional names on the memorial or honour board (see below “missing names” and “new plaques”).
    • Installation of explanatory walls or interpretation panels.
    • Restoration of commemorative plaques that form an integral part of an avenue of honour.
    • Replanting or maintenance of trees that formed part of an original avenue of honour.
    • Provision of seating, paving or lighting to allow better access to a commemorative site.
    • Relocation of a memorial to its original position or to a new position if the current location poses safety or heritage risks.

    What will not be funded

    • Applications from individuals.
    • Memorials for individuals other than Victoria Cross recipient.
    • Works that detract from the historical significance of the original memorial, for example, inappropriate signage.
    • Restoration of war graves.
    • The creation of new memorials, honour rolls or avenues of honour.
    • Restoration, preservation and/or display of wartime heritage that is not an integral part of the war memorial or avenue of honour.
    • Projects that have already commenced or have been completed.
    • Projects that are the clear responsibility of another State or Commonwealth Government program.
    • The repair or replacement of flag poles.
    • Operational, management or wage costs (fees for the hire of skilled or professional labour for specialist restoration work are acceptable as a project cost).
    • Major equipment, like vehicles or computers.

    New memorials or display and restoration of wartime heritage may be eligible under the Victoria Remembers Grant Programs.

    Heritage Conservation Principles 

    Your project should follow the principles of the Burra Charter 2013.

    When planning your project applicants should follow the heritage conservation principals of the Burra Charter 2013.

    New plaques

    Additional plaques should not be attached to historic memorials.

    New plaques can be installed near (not on)  historic memorials. These can be attached to new commemorative walls, low-level plinths, seats or set in pavers at the site. New plaques, emblems or replacement badges should be consistent with the original design and materials of the memorial.

    Missing names such as for WWI or WWII memorials should not be placed over the top or replace original plaques or lettering.  Missing names and re-lettering may be re-cut on WWI or WWII war memorials if the remaining stone is strong enough. This should be done by a qualified heritage stonemason using traditional hand cutting techniques that match the original font and size.

    Correction of misspelled names should not be undertaken on historical stone memorials or marble or wooden honour boards. Corrections should be on a separate plaque installed near the memorial.

    Traditional methods and materials should be used for re-gilding and re-lettering.


    Sandblasting, high-pressure water blasting, silicone sealants, permanent graffiti barriers or harsh chemicals like acids or bleach must not be used on historic memorials. Removing lichen or algae should be undertaken by a qualified contractor with experience with historic memorials.

    Repairs and repointing

    Use traditional materials and follow the principle of replacing like with like. Traditional materials such as lime mortar should be used when repointing stone or brickwork on memorials and paving and foundations around memorials.

    Avenues of honour

    You will need to submit an arborist assessment report if you’re replacing missing trees or maintaining or pruning existing trees. The report needs to include the species, age and condition of the trees and reason for replacement.

    You are encouraged to consider installing interpretive signage telling the history of the avenue of honour and of those who served from the local community.

    Honour boards

    The restoration of historic honour boards should be undertaken by a qualified conservator. Original lettering or varnish should not be stripped from historic honour boards nor should modern vinyl cut letters be used. You can include costs for transporting an honour board to a conservator in your application.

  • Step 1: Prepare supporting documents

    Before beginning your online application, you need to prepare the following attachments (if needed):

    • high resolution photos that show damage, deterioration and work needed - including close up and long-distance images
    • detailed quote from a stonemason or builder experienced with heritage memorials and a condition and treatment assessment report from your local council’s Heritage Adviser
    • detailed quote from a conservator or arborist including a condition and treatment report
    • letter from the owner of the land approving the project, if the memorial or avenue of honour is on private land (not applicable for applications from local councils)
    • approved Heritage Victoria permit if the memorial or avenue of honour is on the Victorian Heritage Register
    • approved council permit if the memorial or avenue of honour is on a Heritage Overlay
    • if adding plaques, signage or seating, provide measured drawings and annotated aerial maps (where possible) showing where these will be located in respect to the war memorial or avenue of honour
    • if relocating a memorial, include measured drawings and annotated aerial maps showing the original and new location
    • letter of support from the local RSL Sub Branch (where one exists) or the State Branch of the RSL

    If these documents are missing, it can delay assessment of your application.

  • Step 2: Apply online

    If it's your first time using the online portal you need to create an account.

    If you have previously used the portal, log in using your organisation's details.

    Applications closed 8 February 2021

    Applications can be saved and completed at a later date. It is recommended that applicants start the process early to allow sufficient time to obtain necessary supporting documents.

    Once submitted, you'll receive an application number you can use as a reference.

    Attachments can also be emailed to (please include grant application reference in the email).

    Contact us

    Phone the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356

  • Round 2: 2020-21

    Organisation Project  Amount

    Greensborough RSL Sub-Branch

    Restoration of Greensborough War memorial Park Memorial


    Latrobe City Council

    Yinnar War Memorial


    Lord Somers Camp and Power House

    Lord Somers Camp Honour Board Restoration


    Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation

    St John's Church Soldiers Memorial Restoration


    Nagambie RSL Sub-Branch

    Plaques and Restoration


    Rupanyup RSL Sub-Branch auspiced by Yarriambiack Shire Council

    Memorial Repairs


    Shrine of Remembrance

    Dedicated Plaque restoration


    Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub-Branch

    Honour Roll Update


    Watsonia RSL 

    Watsonia RSL War Memorial Conservation 




    Past projects we've funded.

    Round 1: 2020-21


    Project  Amount
    Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee Inc Ballarat Avenue of Honour Tree Plaque Reinstatement $6,800.00
    Australian Nurses Memorial Centre Armed only with Bandages and Compassion They Went $4,544.00
    Beulah Historic, Learning & Progress Association Beulah Memorial Refurbishment and Recognition of WWII Veterans $22,700.00
    Millgrove Residents Action Group Inc Millgrove Avenue Of Honour - Signage $4,757.00
    Minyip & District Historical Society Inc Minyip Memorial Precinct $5,460.00
    Mitchell Shire Council Wallan Avenue of Honour - Name Plaques $24,195.00
    Mount Alexander Shire Council Harcourt Avenue of Honour restoration


    Myrtleford RSL Sub-Branch Inc

    Elizabeth Rothery Memorial Bust $16,144.00
    Tintaldra Hall Committee Inc Tintaldra Avenue of Honour $26,000.00
    Yackandandah & District Historical Society Missing names on Yackandandah Soldiers' Memorial $700.00

    Round 2: 2019-20




    Austin Health

    Heidelberg War Memorial Restoration 


    Baw Baw Shire Council

    Neerim South Cenotaph Restoration


    Baw Baw Shire Council

    Restoring Warragul Cenotaph


    Buninyong RSL Sub-Branch Auspiced by Buninyong & District Community Association Inc

    Cambrian Hill Avenue Restoration Project


    Colac RSL Incorporated

    Colac Memorial WWI Names Update


    Child & Family Services Ballarat Inc

    New Arthur Kenny Avenue of Honour Sign


    Heathcote RSL Sub-Branch Inc

    Heathcote RSL Honour Board Update


    Indigo Shire Council

    Yackandandah Memorial Gardens Gates and Fence Refurbishment


    Kilmore Wallan RSL Sub-Branch Auspiced by Mitchell Shire Council

    Remembering All Who Served


    Latrobe City Council

    Yallourn North Veterans Memorial Project


    Pyrenees Shire Council

    Avoca War Memorial Restoration


    Scouts Victoria

    St Kilda Scouts Honouring the Veterans


    Vermont Primary School and Kindergarten

    Vermont Primary School Avenue of Honour


    Yarra Ranges Shire Council

    Yarra Glen Memorial Relocation


    Round 1: 2019-20

    Organisation Project Amount
    Ballan RSL Sub-Branch Myrniong Memorial Wall Name Plaques $16,088
    Carisbrook Historical Society Inc Signage for Carisbrook's Avenue of Honour $4,000
    East Loddon Historical Society Inc Restore Memorial Boards at Dingee $22,061
    Lancefield Mechanics Institute LMI Honour Board Refurbishment $7,025
    Latrobe City Council Yinnar Cenotaph Lighting Project $16,525
    Longwarry RSL Sub-Branch Longwarry War Memorial Upgrade $850
    Mornington RSL Sub-Branch Inc Vietnam War Memorial - Mornington Memorial Park $8,000
    Mount Alexander Shire Council Campbells Creek Avenue of Honour Restoration $24,900
    Rushworth RSL Sub-Branch Rushworth War Memorial Conservation and Restoration $30,000
    Tallangatta Public Hall Committee of Management Restoration of WWI Honour Roll Board $9,262
    Tatura RSL Sub-Branch  Plaques to Remember Them - World War II  $10,160
    Warrandyte RSL Sub-Branch Warrandyte Cenotaph Restoration $4,980

    Round 2: 2018-19

    Organisation Project Amount
    Archies Creek Community Hall Inc Archies Creek and Ryanston Honour Board Restoration Project $28,020
    Australian Medical Association AMA Victoria Restoration of the Memorial to Doctors who Enlisted in WWI $5,200
    City of Boroondara Honour Avenue Commemorative Marker Posts $16,076
    Crib Point RSL Sub Branch Crib Point War Memorial Restoration $1,665
    Macedon Ranges Shire Council Installation of Stone Plinths with Plaques at the Gisborne Memorial Site $8,635
    Manningham City Council Enhancement of the Doncaster Avenue of Honour $23,062
    Mitchell Shire Council Tooborac War Memorial Restoration $12,880
    Northern Grampians Shire Council Signage and Seating for the Stawell Peace Memorial $6,240
    Tallangatta Public Hall Committee of Management Restoration of WWI Honour Board $1,140
    Yarragon Community Hall Committee Restoration of Australian Natives Association Yarragon Branch No 217 Honour Board $1,800
    Borough of Queenscliffe Queenscliffe Avenue Of Honour Restoration Project $7,714
    Canadian Lead Primary School Heritage Schools Honour Boards Restoration $22,475
    Lilydale RSL Sub Branch War Memorial Statue Reinstatement $30,000
    Mornington RSL Sub Branch Korean War Memorial Plaque - Mornington Memorial Park $7,459

    Round 1: 2018-19

    Organisation Project Grant funding amount
    Australian Commando Association Victoria Tidal River Commando Memorial Restoration $5,000
    Bendigo Trades Hall Council and Literary Institute Inc Federated Mining Employees Association Honour Board Restoration $4,125
    Brimpaen Reserve Committee of Management auspiced by Horsham Rural City Council War Memorial Gates Restoration $4,955
    Ceres Community Association Rectification of the Plaque Ceres WWI Memorial Gates $1,150
    Creswick-Smeaton RSL auspiced by RSL of Australia (Victorian Branch) Inc Creswick North Primary School Honour Board $1,910
    Dooen Public Hall auspiced by Horsham Rural City Council Restoration of two WWI Honour Boards at Dooen Public Hall $2,910
    Kongwak Community Group Kongwak Avenue of Honour $22,571
    Lexton Public Hall Incorporated Lexton School WWI Honour Board $2,285
    Mitchell Shire Council Kilmore War Memorial $6,385
    Mount Alexander Shire Council Newstead Avenue of Honour $20,490
    Mount Alexander Shire Council Chewton Avenue of Honour $16,140
    South Gippsland Shire Council Berry's Creek Avenue of Honour Interpretive Signage $3,235
    Swan Hill Rural City Council Swan Hill Cenotaph Memorial Upgrade $18,998
    The Sisters Soldiers Memorial Hall Lone Pine Memorial Restoration $9,372

Reviewed 21 April 2021