Grants of up to $30,000 (excluding GST). There are two funding rounds per year.
You may be offered a smaller funding amount than applied for in your application, and we may ask for a revised project plan and budget.
Note: grants for ANZAC Day 2022 commemorations are eligible in this round.
Applications now open
21 July to 23 August 2021
Who can apply
- ex-service organisations
- local government authorities
- not-for-profit organisations
- educational institutions
Please note: Funding for this grant comes from the Community Support Fund, which means organisations that receive revenue from electronic gaming machines aren't eligible to apply.
Applicants must also:
- be an incorporated body
- (Unincorporated organisations may arrange for an incorporated organisation to act as an auspice on their behalf see auspice arrangements)
- 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 Final report or Progress report for any project that has been previously funded through a DFFH Veterans Grant Program.
These funds are distributed by the Victorian Veterans Council and managed by the Veterans Branch.
An auspice arrangement is when an incorporated organisation assists an unincorporated organisation to fund a grant activity or event.
The incorporated organisation is known as the auspice organisation. Unincorporated community groups or organisations are known as the grant recipient.
Will my organisation need to enter into an auspice arrangement when applying for a grant?
The auspice organisation will be responsible for signing the funding agreement, and managing the funds on your behalf. By executing the funding agreement, the auspice organisation:
- remains bound by and must act in accordance with its terms and conditions; and
- is ultimately responsible for and accountable to the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing for the proper use and acquittal of funding.
A letter from the auspice organisation outlining this commitment must be attached to your application. You can find out more by download the Auspice arrangement template here:
The auspice organisation must formally agree to support your application prior to submission. Applications that do not provide evidence at the time of submission may have their application declined.
How we assess applications
We'll look at how the project benefits the ex-service and wider Victorian community, including:
- how it provides an opportunity to honour and commemorate the service and sacrifice of veterans
- how it educates Victorians about the contribution made by veterans in their service to the nation and state
- how the project will be delivered, the budget and who will be involved
- who will benefit from the project.
Your application will be assessed competitively against other applications.
Applicants should have no expectations of ongoing annual funding.
Projects we might fund:
New war memorials
- for districts without an adequate existing memorial
- that commemorate the service or sacrifice of veterans in a specific battle or campaign relevant to a local area and doesn’t already exist in Victoria
- in honour of individuals awarded the Victoria Cross
- that honour or commemorate service and sacrifice of Victorian veterans
- that are of local or regional significance
- encourage school students/children to attend
Public education projects:
- that educate Victorians about the service and sacrifice of veterans
Preserve wartime heritage:
- that preserves war heritage for future generations
- for expert assessment or materials to conserve objects of demonstrated historical significance
- that increase public access to heritage by creating displays (please note: display of memorabilia should generally be publicly accessible)
Projects we won’t fund:
- applications from individuals
- projects that are covered by another government grant program (including flag poles, restoration of graves or marking of unmarked graves)
- repair and restore existing war memorials - see
- projects or events that have already commenced or will occur before the anticipated announcement date. (Remembrance Day 2021)
- capital works; maintenance or repairs to buildings and office equipment (see )
- projects located outside Victoria or on Defence land
- purchase or restoration of weapons or armoured vehicles
- on-going staffing and office costs
- veterans’ reunions and conferences
- personal memoirs, unit/ship histories
- functions, event catering
- interstate and overseas travel
- printing costs
Applicants for the following activities are advised to contact the Veterans Branch before submitting your application as these may not receive a high priority.
- publishing of books, especially where the research and writing has been completed
- landscape beautification and cosmetic improvements
- purchase of furniture
- performing arts projects
- university research projects
Step 1: Check eligibility
Check that your organisation and project is eligible.
Step 2: Prepare supporting documents
Prepare the following documents and submit with your application (as required):
- detailed budget and written quotes for project costs
- letters of support from other organisations, agencies or partners involved in the project
- photos or plans showing location of a proposed memorial and draft designs
- letter Local Government Authority or Crown Land Manager (for new memorials on public land), including approvals, their role and who is responsible for maintenance and ownership after completion
- details of any community consultation to support your application
- project plan with start and end dates, timelines for key activities, responsibilities and implementation stages
- completed auspice arrangement form - if applicable
Letters of support from government officials or representatives (e.g. your local Member of Parliament or councilor) are not required and will not be considered in the assessment process.
Step 3: Apply online
Applications are now open and will close 5.00pm 23 August 2021
Applications can be saved and completed at a later date. It's recommended that applicants start the process early to collate any documents needed.
Once submitted, you'll receive an application number you can use as a reference.
Step 4: Application decision and funding agreement
- the grant applications will be assessed in the two months after the closing date
- applicants may be contacted for further information
- successful and unsuccessful grant applicants will be notified in writing
- successful grant applicants will be required to enter into a Common Funding Agreement (CFA) with the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
- project deliverables, milestone dates and payments will be included in the CFA
Step 5: Reporting:
Progress reports may be required for complex or high valued projects.
A Final report is required to acquit the grant and issue final payment (if applicable)
Any unspent funds must be returned to the Veterans Branch.
For general enquiries, call the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356
Please note that due to the increased volume of calls to the Grant Information Line, it is experiencing longer than usual wait times. If your question is urgent, or relates directly to the Veterans portfolio, contact us directly by emailing and include the following information:
- your name
- return contact number
- grant you are applying for
- your inquiry or question.
We will endeavour to address your question either by return email or phone call as soon as possible.
A condition of funding requires that the Victorian Government and Victorian Veterans Council are acknowledged in:
- speeches and presentations about the project at openings or launches
- press releases
- documents, publications, websites, reports, brochures, posters, fliers and signage for example
- the government should also be given the opportunity to contribute a message for any relevant publication
- Failure to meet these requirements may result in future grant applications not being considered.
Download a copy of the Acknowledgement and Publicity Guidelines:
You can also refer to the funding agreement for details of these requirements.
Government representative opportunities
Where possible you should give the government’s representative an opportunity to open or launch the funded project, and invite them to events.
If you launch or open the funded project at a public event or similar, you must give the relevant Minister the opportunity to officially open or launch the project. You must also invite DFFH key representatives and the Minister to all significant events associated with the project.
You will need to give adequate notice (DFFH recommends at least two months’ lead time) and work with DFFH to coordinate the Minister’s and his or her representative’s role in the opening or launch, or their attendance at events.
As grant funding for this program is provided by the Victorian Veterans Council through the Veterans Fund, you will also be required to invite representatives from the Council to attend any appropriate events associated with the funded project. If a Minister or their representative is unable to speak then it may also be appropriate to ask a member of the Victorian Veterans Council to speak. If you are unsure of anything in relation to the Victorian Veterans Council please contact DFFH.
Please note: all figures exclude GST
Round 2: 2020-21
Organisation Project Name Amount
Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Australian Hellenic Memorial 20th Anniversary
Bechaz Art Design
(Auspiced by: Yallourn/Newborough RSL)
Boer War Association of Victoria
Boer War Commemoration Parade and Service
Charlton Neighbourhood House Incorporated
Sir John Monash Water Tower Mural
Creswick-Smeaton RSL Sub-Branch
(Auspiced by: Returned & Services League of Australia Victorian Branch)
Reflections - The Shire & Borough of Creswick & The Great War
Diamond Creek RSL Sub-Branch
(Auspiced by: Returned & Services League of Australia Victorian Branch)
History Guild Ltd
80th Anniversary of Victorian Service in the Mediterranean Theatre, WWII
Angels of War: Remembering Australian Army Nurses
Shrine of Remembrance
Shrine Veteran Identity podcasts
Violet Town RSL Sub-Branch
(Auspiced by: Violet Town History Group- sub-committee of Violet Town Action Group Inc)
Round 1: 2020-21
ATOMVic The Service and Sacrifice of Victorians in World War II $22,000.00 Austin Health Post 1975 Obelisk $30,000.00 Australian Commando Association Victoria Victoria's Contribution to Australian Special Operations History $16,139.00 B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund Inc Display cabinets for heritage museum $6,713.00 Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand Battle of Crete: The untold stories $7,800.00 Darwin Defenders 1942-45 Melbourne Branch Commemoration Service for the 79th Anniversary of Bombing of Darwin $5,200.00 Hampton RSL Sub-Branch Inc ANZAC Gallipoli Remembrance Project $18,078.91 Imvrians Society of Melbourne Inc. Imbros & Gallipoli Revealed $5,020.00 Lara RSL Military Heritage Preservation and Display $5,436.16 Mannibadar Soldiers Memorial Hall Mannibadar Soldier Settlement Centenary 1921 - 2021 $10,000.00 Rochester Cemetery Trust Recognising Burial Places of all War Veterans Rochester Cemetery $3,865.00 Rotary Club of Monash Rotary Club of Monash ANZAC Service for Schools 2021 $2,500.00 Royal United Services Institute of Victoria Incorporated RUSI Victoria Library Enhancement $2,402.00 Royal Victoria Regiment Association Inc Restoration of Military History $1,815.00 Shrine of Remembrance Changed Forever interactive redesign $15,000.00 Society Kalamata 23 March Brotherhood Inc 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Kalamata Commemoration $2,000.00 Wonthaggi RSL Sub-Branch Hall of Remembrance $3,493.00 Yeungroon Country Fire Authority (CFA) Yeungroon Soldiers $13,950.00 Total:
Round 2: 2019-20
Organisation Project Name Amount
Banyule City Council
Homefront Sculptures Education Resources
Battle of Australia Foundation in Victoria
Battle for Australia Ceremony
Briagolong RSL Sub-Branch
ANZAC Park Memorial Wall Briagolong
Brimbank City Council
Sassella Park Servicemen and Servicewomen Monument
Buchan South Avenue of Honour
Buchan South Avenue of Honour War Memorial
Charlton RSL Sub Branch
RSL WWII Remembrance Mural
Military History and Heritage Inc.
Production of a history of 'Guinea Gold'
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
Remembering Napier Waller - An exhibition of wartime
National Vietnam Veterans Museum Ltd
Honouring their service through display of uniform
Shrine of Remembrance
'Love and War' Shrine exhibition
Tatura RSL Sub-Branch
Wonthaggi RSL Sub-Branch
Bass Virtual Honour Board web page
Round 1: 2019-20
Organisation Project Name Amount Ararat Legacy Inc Project Remembrance 2020 $2,500
Australian National Veterans Arts Museum
March to Art: Place Exhibition $8,000 Bass Valley Friends of the RSL Remembering the Boer War $675 Borough of Queenscliffe ANZAC Commemoration Project $7,000 City of Ballarat ANZAC Day Commemorative Service $9,000 Cohuna/
Leitchville RSL Sub-Branch
Boer Korean War Monument $13,127 Darwin Defenders 1942-45 Melbourne Branch Commemoration of the Bombing of Darwin $4,032 Federation University Australia The Lucas Girls and WWI Soldiers $10,500 Jamieson Community Group & Associated Bodies Inc. Matthews Reserve Avenue of Honour - Brass Plaques $23,238 Lara RSL Sub-Branch Museum from the Veterans to the Community $7,522 Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Inc Annual Commemorative Service Infrastructure $2,500 Maldon RSL Sub-Branch Maldon RSL Preservation and Presentation of Memorabilia $1,972 Melbourne Legacy 2020 Legacy ANZAC Commemoration Student Ceremony $18,000 Mt Macedon Memorial Cross Council for Commemorative Services Inc 2020 Mt Macedon ANZAC Dawn Service $9,000 Rotary Club of Templestowe Manningham Schools ANZAC Service $3,800 Royal United Services Institute of Victoria Incorporated Additional Map and Book Storage $5,797 Sale RSL & Community Sub-Branch Remembering World War Two $2,000 Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Medical Research Foundation Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Commemorative Service $4,000 Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Anzac Spirits $21,758 Torquay RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2020 $14,000 Traralgon Cemetery Trust War Memorial Precinct $7,807.50 Traralgon RSL Sub-Branch Giant Screen ANZAC Day $5,000 Vasey RSL Care Frankston South Wall of Remembrance $19,000 Walwa Services Memorial Hall Storing Our Memories $18,800 Total: $219,028
Round 2: 2018-2019
Organisation Project Name Amount Battle of Australia Foundation in Victoria Battle for Australia Ceremony $10,000 Bomber Command Commemorative Association Vic Inc. 2019 Commemorative Service for Victorian Veterans $1,920 Broadford RSL Sub-Branch Fromelles Memorial Wall $15,000 Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch Uniform Preservation Project $1,617 Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorabilia Collection $1,700 Euroa RSL Sub-Branch War Memorabilia Presentation Cabinet $1,369 Foster RSL Sub-Branch Foster RSL Display Cabinets $5,616 Gippstown Reserve Committee of Management Garden of Remembrance and Military History Banners $7,200 Kingston, Friends of the Avenue Inc 'Kingston Remembers' Resource Centre $12,500 National Boer War Memorial Association (Vic) Boer War Commemoration Parade and Service $3,000 Rats of Tobruk Association Inc. Audio Visual Project $10,000 Seymour RSL Sub-Branch Seymour's Military Heritage $7,400 Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Medical Research Foundation Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Commemorative Service $4,100 Tawonga and District Community Association Tawonga and District War Memorial Project $15,000 Victorian Association of WWII Veterans from Former Soviet Union Victoria Remembers - AVWSU - 2019 $10,000 Victorian Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Vietnam Veterans Day 2019 $15,500 Warburton RSL Sub Branch 2019 School Excursions $2,820 Werribee Half Battery Werribee Half Battery Uniform Provision $10,390 Surf Coast Shire Winchelsea Memorial Park and Interactive Map Project $30,000
Round 1: 2018-2019
Organisation Project Amount Borough of Queenscliffe Queenscliffe Anzac Commemoration $5,000 Castlemaine RSL Mt. Alexander Women's' War Service Display $10,000 Geelong and District Vietnam Veterans Association ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Corio Beach $4,000 Hindmarsh Shire Council Nhill's Historic RAAF Base Memorial Entrance $30,000 Inglewood/Bridgewater RSL Sub Branch Preserving our Memories $4,000 Melbourne Legacy 2019 Legacy Anzac Commemoration Student Ceremony $18,000 Melbourne Legacy Educational and Essential Student Learning Items $20,000 Mt Macedon Memorial Cross Council for Commemorative Services Inc. Mt Macedon ANZAC Day Service $7,000 Nurcoung Community Centre Committee of Management Inc. Preservation of service records - WWI & WWII Military Personnel $1,600 RMIT University Virtual and Augmented Reality Remembrance $20,000 Royal United Services Institute of Victoria Incorporated Upgrade of Library Cataloguing System $3,500 Shrine of Remembrance Beaufort Bomber Turret Exhibition $18,000 Stanley Cemetery Trust Interpretive Storyboard on Soldiers Who Died $2,300 Torquay RSL Sub-Branch Torquay RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2019 $12,000 Upwey Belgrave RSL ANZAC Day Audio Visual Project $3,300
Round 1: 2017-2018
Organisation Project Name Amount Ararat Legacy Inc. Project Remembrance 2018 $2,530 Battle of Australia Foundation in Victoria Battle for Australia Ceremony $10,000 Benalla Aviation Museum Inc. RAAF Uniform Heritage Display $9,636 Borough of Queenscliff Queenscliff ANZAC Commemoration Project $5,000 Geelong & District Vietnam Veterans Association Geelong Eastern Beach ANZAC Dawn Service 2018 $3,631 Geelong Legacy Club Schools' ANZAC Ceremony Shrine of Remembrance $2,350 Lara RSL Project Lara Military History $9,425 Loddon Shire Serpentine Memorial Hall Commemorative Silhouettes and Signage $16,000 Margaret McNena (Auspiced by Auspicious Arts Projects Inc.) Mud and Blood $10,000 Melbourne Legacy 2018 Legacy ANZAC Commemoration Student Ceremony $18,000 Melbourne Legacy Melbourne Legacy 2018 Youth Education Grants $20,000 Melbourne Legacy Melbourne Legacy 2018 Education Scholarships $16,000 Mt Macedon Memorial Cross Council for Commemorative Services Inc Mt Macedon ANZAC Dawn Service $8,000 National Boer War Memorial Association (Vic) Boer War Commemoration Parade and Service $3,000 Reserve Forces Day Council (VIC) Inc. Reserve Forces Day Parade & Commemorative Service $5,060 Rotary Club of Monash Rotary Club of Monash ANZAC Service for Schools $2,500 Rotary Club of Templestowe Manningham Schools ANZAC Service $3,848 Royal United Services Institute of Victoria Inc. Library support equipment $2,000 South Eastern Group of Melbourne Legacy Student Service - Shrine $1,040 Terang RSL (Auspiced by RSL Victoria) WWI Digger Dugout $5,000 The Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance Committee Inc. 2018 ANZAC Day Service $1,867 The Scout Association of Australia Victorian Branch Bus Trip to the Shrine $2,064 Torquay RSL Sub-Branch Torquay RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service $10,000 VVAA Victorian Branch 50th Anniversary Battle of FSPB's Coral/Balmoral $10,000 Weary Dunlop Foundation Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Commemorative Service $4,100 Wesley College Foundation Ltd WWII Commemorative Plaque $2,500 Yarram Aero Club Yarram Centenary of Flight $4,000 Bomber Command Commemorative Assoc. Vic Inc. Service for Victorians Serving in Bomber Command $2,200
Veterans Fund Commemoration and Education Grants Programs: 2016-2017
Organisation Project Name Amount Applicant and Auspice Project Name Grant 39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941-43) Association Inc. 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign Commemoration $5,000 Ararat Legacy Inc. Remembering Veterans of all Wars $5,318 Ararat Legacy Inc. Project Remembrance 2017 $2,187 Battle of Australian Foundation in Victoria Battle for Australia Ceremony $10,000 Bomber Command Commemorative Assoc. Vic Inc. Service for Victorians Serving in Bomber Command $1,000 Borough of Queenscliffe Borough of Queenscliffe Anzac Day Commemorations $4,500 Carry On (Victoria) Education Assistance Grants 2017 $35,000 Cohuna/Leitchville RSL Sub Branch Inc. Install WWII Memorial Plaque $20,000 Darwin Defenders 1942-1945 Commemoration of Anniversary of Bombing of Darwin $4,500 Donald 2000 Inc. Remove, Relocate, Refurbish, Renew and Remember $6,623 Geelong Legacy Club Schools' ANZAC Ceremony Shrine of Remembrance $1,500 Mallacoota & District Historical Society Inc. Documentary Film Production for Museum $16,600 Melbourne Legacy Melbourne Legacy 2017 Tertiary Scholarships $17,500 Melbourne Legacy Melbourne Legacy 2017 Education Grants $20,000 Melbourne Legacy 2017 Legacy ANZAC Students Commemoration Ceremony $18,000 Mt Macedon Memorial Cross Council for Commemorative Services Inc. 2017 Mt Macedon ANZAC Dawn Service $8,000 National Boer War Memorial Boer War Day Commemoration $3,000 Association (Vic) Parade and Service Reserve Forces Day Council (VIC) Inc. Reserve Forces Day Parade $3,000 Rotary Club of Monash Rotary Club of Monash Anzac Service for Schools $2,500 Sale RSL & Community Club Provision of Memorabilia Display Cabinets $864 Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust War Heritage Booklet $8,805 Terang RSL Recruiting Posters WW1 and WW11 $2,240 The Craigieburn War Memorial & Remembrance Committee Inc. Craigieburn ANZAC Day Service $727 Torquay RSL Sub Branch Torquay RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service $10,000 Tyabb Railway Station Primary School Tyabb Railway Station Primary School ANZAC Garden $1,000 Wangaratta High School Wangaratta High School Commemorative Project $2,738 Warburton RSL Sub Branch Schools Excursions $4,000 Woady Yaloak Primary School Ross Creek Campus Ross Creek's WWI Digitised Memorial Book $1,900
Reviewed 22 July 2021