Grants between $30,000-$80,000 (excluding GST) 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.
There are 2 funding rounds per year. Only 1 application can be made per project.
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 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 Final report or Progress report for any project that has been previously funded through a DPC Veterans Grant Program.
If your project is under $30,000, you can apply for the Victorian Remembers Minor 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 (e.g. 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 (e.g. 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 Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour
- 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 9651 2120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356 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 Auspice arrangement form – 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.
Attachments can also be emailed to email@example.com (please include the application reference in the email).
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 7: 2018-2019
Colac Otway Shire
Homage to the Anzacs – Light projections
Great Ocean Road
Regional Tourism Centenary of the Great Ocean Road - Documentary
Manningham City Council
Doncaster RSL Interpretative Signage/ Soundposts and
Red Poppy Light Installation $60,000
Museum of the West Australia’s Arsenal CAC/AFF Trail Signage
Round 6: 2017-2018
Austin Health Armistice
City of Greater Bendigo
Kangaroo Flat Soldiers Memorial Anzac Centenary Wall
Federation University Australia
Ordinary People in Extraordinary Circumstances: The Red Cross Enquiry Volunteers
Hurstbridge RSL Sub Branch
Hurstbridge War Memorial
Lorne RSL Sub-Branch (RSL, ANZAC House)
ANZAC Memorial Park Project - Lorne
Mission to Seafarers (Victoria) Incorporated
1914-1918 The Ladies Harbour Light Network Film Project
Returned Services League Australia (Victorian Branch)
Remembrance in Focus
VVAA Victorian Branch
Battle of Coral/Balmoral 50th anniversary commemoration
Round 5: 2017-2017
Colour Patch Museum
Geelong Heritage Centre - Geelong Regional Library Corporation
Geelong Honours Them
Shrine of Remembrance
Round 4: 2016-17
Buninyong RSL Sub Branch (Auspiced by Buninyong & District Community Association)
Buninyong Remembers: A Community Celebration of its WWI Avenue of Honour
City of Wodonga
Welcome to Bonegilla
National Council of Jewish Women (Victoria) Community Services Inc.
No-One Forgotten, Nothing Forgotten
Ringwood RSL Sub Branch Inc.
Ted Kenna VC Library and Memorabilia Cabinets
Sail & Adventure Ltd.
Victoria Remembers AK82/Alma Doepel
Shepparton RSL Sub Branch
Sir Murray Bourchier Memorial
Shrine of Remembrance
Recent Conflicts Gallery Upgrade
Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum
Bendigo’s Contribution and Experience During the First World War
Round 3: 2016-17
Boroondara City Council
Participatory arts (of all abilities), multicultural theatre event tied to the Boroondara Remembers: Stories of World War One publication
Geelong RSL Sub Branch
Geelong RSL ANZAC Stories
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service
In Caring Hands
Shrine of Remembrance
Beginning to Remember: remembrance experiences for children’s early years
Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch Inc. (Auspiced by the Warnambool City Council)
Warrnambool ANZAC Memorial
Round 2: 2015-16
Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee Inc.
Garden of the Grieving Mother, Arch of Victory Ballarat
Rotary Club of Euroa
The Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance Committee Incorporated
Craigieburn War Memorial
Central Goldfields Shire Council
Homecoming: Second World War Soldiers of Victoria's Central Goldfields
Charlton Memorial Team Auspiced by Euroa RSL
Shining a Light on the Boer War: Euroa's Contribution
Gannawarra Shire Council
Brave Hearts - a WWI memorial in images and words
Keilor East RSL
Laurie Larmer: Local Hero
Open Channel Co-operative Ltd
Short Back and Sides (working title)
Ballarat City Council
Veteran Memory Atlas
Round 1: 2015-16
Sunshine RSL Sub-Branch
Anzac Centenary Sunshine Street Memorials and Hand Held Self-Guided App
Reviewed 06 March 2019