Anzac Centenary Commemorative Grants

Throughout the Anzac Centenary national program, the Australian Government supported and empowered Australians to partake in commemorative, educational and cultural initiatives.

Communities and groups across Australia came together to organise special events, memorials and tributes during this special period. These efforts were recognised and supported between 2014-18 with a range of funding opportunities.

2018 was the last opportunity for Australians to honour and commemorate our service men and women during the Anzac Centenary period.

In the final year of the Anzac Centenary, Australians accessed grants for both local community and major events, activities and projects commemorating Australia’s war time history and more specifically the centenary of the Armistice.

Armistice Centenary Grants Program

The Armistice Centenary Grants Program (ACGP) was a one-off grants program which provided grants of between $3,000 and $50,000 for local community-based projects and activities that commemorated the end of the First World War, remembered Australian service men and women from all conflicts and celebrated a just and secure peace.

Each Federal Electorate had a funding pool of $50,000 to support local commemorative projects. A community Consultation Committee was established in each electorate to assist the local MP in seeking the community’s views on how to best commemorate the Centenary.

Saluting Their Service Commemorations Grants Program

The STS Commemorations Grants program is an ongoing grants program which is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service men and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

Two categories of grants are available under the STS program:

  1. Community Commemorative Grants (CCG) – Grants up to a maximum of $4,000 are available for community-based commemorative projects and activities. This includes, for example, the building of community memorials and the preservation of wartime memorabilia that is significant locally but is not necessarily nationally significant.
  2. Major Commemorative Grants (MCG) – Grants in excess of $4,000 are available for projects and activities that are significant, usually from a national, state or territory perspective and that contribute to Australia’s understanding of its wartime heritage and honour the service and sacrifice of its service men and women.

The Grant Opportunity Guidelines for the STS Commemorative Program have more information about the grant funding criteria, and can be found on the Community Grants Hub website.  Additional information on how to apply, is also available on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.