Thursday, July 25, 2024

Grants to honour veterans and preserve history

Ninety community organisations, ex-service organisations, schools, and councils across Australia will receive a share in more than $1 million in grants through the latest round of the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

The grants support essential local projects that commemorate the enduring service and sacrifices of our veterans and preserve Australia’s rich military history.

Grants have been awarded to large-scale projects such as the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum, which will host a commemorative art exhibition for the veteran community, through to local activities such as renovations and upgrades to the Soldiers Room at Mount Morgan Citizen’s Club.

“Saluting Their Service grants support local communities undertake projects that recognise and commemorate the service and sacrifice of our Defence personnel, veterans and their families,” said Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Keogh.

“Many older communities around Australia have cenotaphs and memorials dating back to World War I, but as an ever growing country we need to ensure Australia’s history is understood, and modern conflicts, and the service of modern veterans is recognised.

“Australia’s service personnel come from all corners of our vast nation, this program ensures that the stories of local heroes are known, and recognised.

“There are several significant commemorations in 2024, including the 25th Anniversary of INTERFET and the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. I would encourage anyone thinking about a project commemorating these two significant events in Australia’s military history to apply.”

Saluting Their Service is an ongoing national program. Applications for the next grant round are now open until 20 June, encouraging ongoing community participation in honouring our veterans.

A wide range of organisations can apply for grants, including ex-service organisations, community groups, schools, and local councils.

Two grant categories are available:

  • Community Grants: Up to $10,000 for local, community-based commemorative activities.
  • Major Grants: Between $10,001 and $150,000 for significant commemorative projects with national, state, territory, or regional impact.

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023‑24, Batch 2 recipients are:


RecipientFunding descriptionAmount $
Royal Australian Artillery Historical CompanyPublishing and promotion of the book “ACTION-ACTION-ACTION – The Essential History of the Employment of Australian Artillery 1871 to 2021”.$22,863
Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association ACT DivisionInstall a plaque at the Royal Australian Air Force Memorial Grove in Canberra to commemorate the Number 1 Squadron.$4,320
450 Squadron RAAF Association IncorporatedInstall a plaque at the Royal Australian Air Force Memorial Grove in Canberra to commemorate the No. 450 Squadron.$4,852
A Battery Association IncorporatedPurchase of banners and wreaths for participation in the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration activities by the A Battery Association.$2,870


RecipientFunding descriptionAmount $
Bayside CouncilInstall brass handrails to stairs leading up to the Arncliffe Memorial Park cenotaph.$8,130
The Scout Association of Australia New South Wales BranchInstall a replacement flagpole at 4th Kingsgrove Scouts, NSW.$1,240
Bonville Public Hall Reserve Land ManagerInstall two captured First World War machine guns in the Bonville Memorial Hall.$8,864
Nareena Hills Parents and Citizens AssociationCreate a dedicated commemorative space at Nareena Hills Primary School.$10,000
Berinba Public SchoolInstall flagpoles and a memorial garden at Berinba Public School, NSW.$4,000
Heather KerrReplace the existing glass covering of a 1914-1919 Honour Board.$1,580
Woolpack Inn Museum Holbrook IncorporatedRestoration of the War Room in the Woolpack Inn Museum in Holbrook, NSW.$9,387
Macquarie United Sub Junior Rugby League Football ClubInstall flagpoles at Keith Barry Oval, Toronto, NSW.$2,000
Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc.Contribute to the upgrade of the Rathmines memorial area.$10,000
Bayside CouncilInstall brass handrails to stairs leading up to the Mascot Park War Memorial cenotaph.$8,130
Gloucester RSL Sub-Branch (NSW Branch)Repair cracks in the concrete plinths and repainting the Gloucester Memorial Clock Towers.$5,208
Friends of the Schoolmasters House IncorporatedInstall a bronze plaque to commemorate local Ash Island service personnel.$2,400
Paulette SanseyPublish a book entitled ‘Into the Moonlit Village- The Battle of Crete’.$7,264
Murringo Community Association IncorporatedInstall plaques commemorating veterans’ names to the cenotaph in Murringo, NSW.$6,000
Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club IncorporatedDisplay an honour board to commemorate active life saving members who served.$3,776
Cardiff RSL Sub BranchInstall a display cabinet with internal lighting to exhibit military war memorabilia, medals and models.$4,970
Moss Vale RSL Sub-BranchInstallation of plaques at Moss Vale RSL to commemorate post-Vietnam service.$3,000


RecipientFunding descriptionAmount $
Tennant Creek RSL Sub Branch NT Inc.Construct a memorial area to Vietnam War veterans at the Tennant Creek RSLSub-Branch.$10,000


RecipientFunding descriptionAmount $
Goondiwindi Regional CouncilRestoration and refurbishment of the Goondiwindi Customs House, Queensland.$71,819
Friends of St Helens Beach Environment IncorporatedInstall a flagpole and seating at the Repulse Esplanade St Helens Beach, QLD.$1,694
Bray Park-Strathpine RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch) Inc.Create a comprehensive book detailing the Second World War military heritage of the Pine Rivers region.$10,000
Maroochydore RSL Sub-Branch (Queensland Branch)Install new display cabinets to display a wide range of military items and memorabilia.$10,000
Beerwah and District Memorial Golf Club IncorporatedInstall a new memorial including two flagpoles at the Beerwah and District memorial Golf Club.$10,000
Mundubbera RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch)Frame and repair memorabilia at Mundubbera RSL, QLD.$3,243
Mount Morgan Citizen’s Club Inc.Renovations and upgrade works at the Mount Morgan Citizen’s Club’s Soldiers Room.$6,500
Beenleigh and District RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch) Inc.Restore and upgrade lighting for the Beenleigh RSL wartime military display.$10,000
Townsville RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch)Install memorabilia display cabinets at the Townsville RSL.$7,560
Bundaberg Regional CouncilConservation of two First World War military uniforms and purchase of a new cabinet case to allow their display at the Fairymead House Sugar History Museum.$7,893
2/16th Australian Infantry Battalion A.I.F. Association IncorporatedRestore plaque at Rocky Creek War Memorial Park, Queensland.$2,571
Wooroolin Community Committee IncorporatedInstall a new honour board in the Wooroolin Memorial Hall to commemorate the men who served in Vietnam.$2,462
Goodna RSL Sub-Branch (QLD Branch) IncorporatedRelocate the current memorial and expand it in a new location, which is at less risk of flooding.$10,000
Redcliffe RSL Sub-Branch (Queensland Branch)Restoration works to the existing Honour Board memorial wall for returned service personnel from Redcliffe RSL Sub Branch.$3,011
Peninsula Fair Darts Association Inc.Create three portraits representing Army, Navy and Air Force at Deception Bay Club.$5,500
Scarborough State SchoolInstall flagpole at Scarborough State School, Queensland.$2,000
Greenbank RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch)Install a new military silhouetted memorial metal display in the Greenbank RSL
Sub Branch car park near the existing flagpoles.
National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Queensland) Inc.Restore the Maryborough Nasho Memorial, Queensland.$750
Iona College LtdRestoration of the Manly War Memorial statue of William ‘Bill’ Henry Dodd, and relocate statue$106,834


RecipientFunding descriptionAmount $
Renmark RSL Sub Branch Inc.Install two commemorative bench seats at the Cross of Sacrifice memorial garden in Renmark.$6,150
The National Trust of South AustraliaRefurbish eight brass memorial plaques located in the town rotunda in Beachport SA.$5,200
Waikerie RSL Sub Branch IncorporatedInstall a medal display board at Waikerie RSL, SA.$2,550
Murray Bridge RSL Sub Branch and Bowling Club IncorporatedCreate a commemorative ‘Pathway of Honour’ at Murray Bridge RSL War Memorial.$10,000
District Council of EllistonReplacement of the Cenotaph in the District Council of Elliston.$10,000
Henley and Grange RSL Sub Branch IncorporatedRestoration and digitisation of the Henley and Grange RSL Memorabilia Display.$7,560
Aveo Retirement Homes LimitedInstall flagpole at The Braes Retirement Village, South Australia.$1,145
McLaren Vale and District RSL Sub-Branch IncorporatedPurchase a display cabinet for the dedicated Vietnam era memorabilia room. $3,971
Willunga and District RSL Sub Branch IncorporatedInstall a new memorial in Willunga, SA.$10,000
RSL Care South Australia IncorporatedInstall six Vietnam War memorial totems at the Remembrance Walkway in RSL Care SA War Veterans Home.$10,000


RecipientFunding descriptionAmount $
Lenah Valley RSL Sub Branch Inc.Restore the Lenah Valley RSL’s Service Member Honour Boards.$7,600
Cygnet Living History Museum Inc.Install display banners and cabinets at the Cygnet Living History Museum to display wartime memorabilia.$5,913
Military Brotherhood MMC – Tasmania North Sub Branch Inc.Enable a vinyl wrap to be applied to the Sub-Branch’s trailer, depicting service personnel and military artefacts, as well as the production of displays for their portable marquee that depict the Australian Service Badges.$8,471
Veterans Memorial Centre IncLandscape the parade ground at Veterans Memorial Centre Bridgewater, Tasmania.$5,000


RecipientFunding descriptionAmount $
Waverley RSL Sub-Branch IncorporatedHost a photography exhibition titled ‘Into The Light’ telling stories of military service.$55,741
Australian Aircraft Restoration GroupUpgrade the Second World War Pacific Gallery in the Moorabbin Airport Museum.$16,257
Australian National Veterans Arts Museum LimitedHost a commemorative art exhibition for the veteran community at the Arts Centre Melbourne.$150,000
Anglican Church of St Pauls East BallaratContribute to the publication of a book entitled ‘Lives of Honour, Ballarat East and the Great War’$9,102
Robert GoughContribute towards restoration and repair works at the former Bathurst Army Camp.$10,000
Rotary Club of Wandin IncorporatedInstall a stone plinth and mount seven bronze plaques within the current Cenotaph.$6,000
Lilydale Primary SchoolInstall three flagpoles and an Indigenous memorial garden at Lilydale Primary School.$7,000
Lilydale RSL Sub-Branch Inc.Install a new flagpole, associated paving and a small memorial garden at Lilydale RSL.$8,000
Yarra Glen Primary SchoolInstall flagpoles at Yarra Glen Primary School, Victoria.

To find out more, or apply for a grant, visit: www.grants.gov.au.

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