For projects or activities that commemorate wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Victorians have served. Grants can also be used for projects that have a commemorative or educational benefit to Victoria's community.
Organisations are expected to contribute at least 20% of the overall expense budget (or provide justification for not making this contribution).
Funding should be combined with other funding sources such as grants from local or federal government, donations, sponsorships or funding from the organisation.
Who can apply
- 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 .
- 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 or for any project that has been previously funded through a DPC Veterans Grant Program.
How we assess applications
Your application will be assessed against other applications, the amount of funding available and how well the project will:
- Raise awareness of the contribution of Victorian veterans (past and present) through innovative, diverse, inclusive and educational projects and activities.
- Encourage direct participation and engagement, community connections or learnings about past conflicts and the role of veterans.
- Provide social and cultural benefits to the community.
- Leave a legacy for future generations.
Projects we have funded
- Reflective or memorial spaces
- History and research projects (excluding printing)
- Community events (for example, ceremonies, parades, re-enactments)
- Cultural, multicultural or arts projects
- Research, web-based material and app development
- Memorial for an area where one doesn’t exist, to commemorate a battle or campaign relevant to an area, or to honour individuals awarded the Victoria Cross
Projects we won’t fund
- Applications from individuals
- Projects that are the responsibility of any other existing government grant program (including flag poles, restoration of graves, restoring community war memorials etc)
- Projects that have already commenced (except initial planning)
- Projects located outside Victoria including interstate and overseas travel, or on Defence land
- Projects/activities operated for commercial or business profit such as the promotion of an organisation, brand or product (for example, conventions, trade shows)
- Private events for members or via invitation only
- Capital works, the construction of buildings including memorial halls or sporting facilities. Refer to Capital Works program
- The purchase of wartime heritage/memorabilia items
- The restoration of wartime heritage - refer to
- Functions, event catering
- Park/garden/landscape enhancements without significant commemorative value
- Sponsorships or grants to third parties
- An applicant’s own venue/s and equipment
- Regular ongoing equipment costs
- Ongoing staffing and office costs
Step 1: Check eligibility
Check that your organisation and project is eligible.
You can also:
- Talk to the Veterans Branch about your project: phone or email
- Call the Grants Information Line on weekdays between 8:30am and 5pm (except public holidays).
Step 2: Prepare supporting documents
Prepare the following documents and submit with your application (where 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, project and draft designs.
- Letter from Local Government Authority or Crowd Land manager (for projects 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 plans with start and end dates, timelines for key activities, responsibilities and implementation stages.
- Completed – if applicable.
If documents aren’t supplied, applications may not be considered.
Step 3: 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'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 Premier and Cabinet.
- Project deliverables, milestone dates and payments will be included in the CFA.
Step 5: Final Reports
Please note: all figures exclude GST
Round 8: 2018-2019
Organisation Project Grant funding amount Australian Commando Association Victoria Wilson's Promontory National Park ADF Heritage $54,000 Greater Shepparton City Council Mooroopna War Memorial Extension $50,000 Mildura Tourism and Economic Development Limited T/As Mildura Regional Development Remembrance Silo Art Trail $44,000
Round 7: 2018-2019
Organisation Project Grant funding amount Colac Otway Shire Homage to the Anzacs – Light projections $40,000 Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Centenary of the Great Ocean Road - Documentary $70,000 Manningham City Council Doncaster RSL Interpretative Signage/ Soundposts and Red Poppy Light Installation $60,000 Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West Australia’s Arsenal CAC/AFF Trail Signage $32,000
Round 6: 2017-2018
Organisatiton Project Grant funding amount Austin Health Armistice Remembrance Banners $35,000 City of Greater Bendigo Kangaroo Flat Soldiers Memorial Anzac Centenary Wall $80,000 Federation University Australia Ordinary People in Extraordinary Circumstances: The Red Cross Enquiry Volunteers $40,000 Hurstbridge RSL Sub Branch Hurstbridge War Memorial $34,000 Lorne RSL Sub-Branch (RSL, ANZAC House) ANZAC Memorial Park Project - Lorne $40,000 Mission to Seafarers (Victoria) Incorporated 1914-1918 The Ladies Harbour Light Network Film Project $50,000 Returned Services League Australia (Victorian Branch) Remembrance in Focus $50,000 VVAA Victorian Branch Battle of Coral/Balmoral 50th anniversary commemoration $35,000
Round 5: 2017-2017
Organisation Project Grant funding amount Austin Health Colour Patch Museum $80,000 Geelong Heritage Centre - Geelong Regional Library Corporation Geelong Honours Them $76,000 Shrine of Remembrance Sanctuary Interpretation $49,961
Round 4: 2016-17
Organisation Project Grant funding amount Buninyong RSL Sub Branch (Auspiced by Buninyong & District Community Association) Buninyong Remembers: A Community Celebration of its WWI Avenue of Honour $22,602 City of Wodonga Welcome to Bonegilla $24,000 National Council of Jewish Women (Victoria) Community Services Inc. No-One Forgotten, Nothing Forgotten $22,300 Ringwood RSL Sub Branch Inc. Ted Kenna VC Library and Memorabilia Cabinets $35,304 Sail & Adventure Ltd. Victoria Remembers AK82/Alma Doepel $42,000 Shepparton RSL Sub Branch Sir Murray Bourchier Memorial $80,000 Shrine of Remembrance Recent Conflicts Gallery Upgrade $22,164 Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Bendigo’s Contribution and Experience During the First World War $80,000
Round 3: 2016-17
Organisation Project Grant funding amount Boroondara City Council Participatory arts (of all abilities), multicultural theatre event tied to the Boroondara Remembers: Stories of World War One publication $30,000 Geelong RSL Sub Branch Geelong RSL ANZAC Stories
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service In Caring Hands $20,000 Shrine of Remembrance Beginning to Remember: remembrance experiences for children’s early years $20,000 Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch Inc. (Auspiced by the Warnambool City Council) Warrnambool ANZAC Memorial $80,000
Round 2: 2015-16
Organisation Project Grant funding amount Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee Inc. Garden of the Grieving Mother, Arch of Victory Ballarat $50,000 Rotary Club of Euroa Memorial Park $80,000 The Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance Committee Incorporated Craigieburn War Memorial $25,000 Central Goldfields Shire Council Homecoming: Second World War Soldiers of Victoria's Central Goldfields $25,600 Charlton Memorial Team Auspiced by Euroa RSL Shining a Light on the Boer War: Euroa's Contribution $39,730 Gannawarra Shire Council Brave Hearts - a WWI memorial in images and words $53,450 Keilor East RSL Laurie Larmer: Local Hero $25,000 Open Channel Co-operative Ltd Short Back and Sides (working title) $60,000 Ballarat City Council Veteran Memory Atlas $80,000
Round 1: 2015-16
Organisation Project Grant funding amount Sunshine RSL Sub-Branch Anzac Centenary Sunshine Street Memorials and Hand Held Self-Guided App $48,000
Reviewed 24 June 2019