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.
You cannot apply for this grant if the project has started.
Round 2: 2018-19
09 December 2018 to 17 February 2019
- Ex-service organisations
- Local government authorities
- Not-for-profit organisations
- Educational institutions
Applicants must also:
- Be an incorporated body - or you can arrange for an incorporated organisation to act as an auspice on your behalf. Complete the Auspice arrangement application form.
- 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.
Project design and building
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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (please include grant application reference in the email).
Applicant: Australian Commando Association Victoria
Project name: Tidal River Commando Memorial Restoration
Applicant: Bendigo Trades Hall Council and Literary Institute Inc
Project name: Federated Mining Employees Association Honour Board Restoration
Applicant: Brimpaen Reserve Committee of Management auspiced by Horsham Rural City Council
Project name: War Memorial Gates Restoration
Applicant: Ceres Community Association
Project name: Rectification of the Plaque Ceres WWI Memorial Gates
Applicant: Creswick-Smeaton RSL auspiced by RSL of Australia (Victorian Branch) Inc
Project name: Creswick North Primary School Honour Board
Applicant: Dooen Public Hall auspiced by Horsham Rural City Council
Project name: Restoration of two WWI Honour Boards at Dooen Public Hall
Applicant: Kongwak Community Group
Project name: Kongwak Avenue of Honour
Applicant: Lexton Public Hall Incorporated
Project name: Lexton School WWI Honour Board
Applicant: Mitchell Shire Council
Project name: Kilmore War Memorial
Applicant: Mount Alexander Shire Council
Project name: Newstead Avenue of Honour
Applicant: Mount Alexander Shire Council
Project name: Chewton Avenue of Honour
Applicant: South Gippsland Shire Council
Project name: Berry's Creek Avenue of Honour Interpretive Signage
Applicant: Swan Hill Rural City Council
Project name: Swan Hill Cenotaph Memorial Upgrade
Applicant: The Sisters Soldiers Memorial Hall
Project name: Lone Pine Memorial Restoration
Reviewed 26 February 2019