Up to $30,000 is available from RCWM and Avenues of Honour Grant to support restoration or improvement of local war memorials, and honour rolls across Victoria.
Restoring Community War Memorials (RCWM) and Avenues of Honour Grant
The Restoring Community War Memorials (RCWM) and Avenues of Honour Grant Program supports communities in Victoria to ensure local war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour are restored to their original condition or improved to reflect the service history of the local community.
Since 2005 the Victorian Government, through the Restoring Community War Memorials Program, has helped repair, restore and improve more than 400 local war memorials and honour rolls across Victoria. For example in 2012 the Wycheproof RSL restored the statue of a soldier to their war memorial with the assistance of a $10,000 grant from this program.
The Government has expanded the program in the lead up to the Anzac Centenary to provide greater support for individual projects and include support for projects that involve the restoration of avenues of honour.
The Restoring Community War Memorials (RCWM) and Avenues of Honour Grant program is designed to support projects up to $30,000 (excluding GST). Grants are paid exclusive of GST and only one application can be made per project.
It should be noted that organisations and communities are expected to contribute towards the project financially or through in-kind support.
Some examples of projects that will be considered for funding include:
- restoration of the brickwork or masonry of a memorial
- repairs to broken statues that form part of a memorial
- repairs to barriers and fences that surround and protect a memorial
- the rectification of sinking foundations
- replanting of trees that formed part of the original avenue of honour
- restoration of commemorative plaques that form an integral part of an avenue of honour
- the installation of explanatory walls (a written explanation that provides historical context about the memorial or avenue of honour and its place in the community)
- re-lettering of honour rolls
- the installation of additional plaques on existing memorials or additional names on existing honour rolls
- the provision of seating and paving around the immediate commemorative site
- the relocation of a memorial to its original position or to a new position if the current location poses safety risks.
The following types of organisations are eligible to apply for funding:
- ex-service organisations
- local government authorities
- not-for-profit organisations
- educational institutions.
In addition, to be eligible for funding applicants must:
- be an incorporated body;
- possess an Australian Business Number (ABN) or can 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; and
- have submitted a Final Report or Progress Report for any previously funded Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant project.
Unincorporated organisations may arrange for an incorporated organisation to act as an auspice on their behalf.
Organisations will not be eligible for funding if they are commercial (for profit), unless they are designated by the Australian Taxation Office as income tax exempt charities or income tax exempt entities or similar.
Applications close 18 February 2019.
|Anglican Parish of Warnambool||Restoration of WWI Mosaic Memorial Tablet||$20,000.00|
|Albert Park/South Melbourne Rowing Club||Restoring Honour Boards||$9,455.00|
|Anglican Parish of Lower Glenelg||War Memorial Gates Restoration||$10,000.00|
|Bellarine Landcare Group Inc||Restoration of Mannerim Memorial Garden||$5,391.00|
|Berriwillock Community Development Group auspiced by Buloke Shire Council||Restoration and Update of Berriwillock War Memorial||$20,000.00|
|Bridgewater on Loddon Memorial Hall Committee auspiced by Loddon Shire||Bridgewater Memorial Hall Rejuvenation Project||$7,148.00|
|Byaduk & North Byaduk Progress Association auspiced by Southern Grampians Shire||Restoration of Byaduk WWI Memorial||$10,350.00|
|Byaduk & North Byaduk Progress Association auspiced by Southern Grampians Shire||Restoration Byaduk Boer War Memorial||$8,005.00|
|City of Port Phillip||Conservation of the South Melbourne Town Hall WWI Honour Board||$4,728.00|
|Cohuna/Leitchville RSL Sub Branch Inc||Restoration of the Mead District hall WWI Honour Board||$2,285.00|
|Creswick-Smeaton RSL Sub Branch auspiced by the RSL State Branch||Creswick Honour – The Great War||$8,150.00|
|Creswick-Smeaton RSL Sub Branch auspiced by the RSL State Branch||Scrub Hill and Newlyn Methodist Honour Rolls||$2,570.00|
|Dartmoor & District Progress Association Inc||Restore the Avenue of Honour Memorial Streetscape Carvings||$20,000.00|
|Donald Uniting Church||Restoration of Memorial Honour Boards||$20,000.00|
|Geelong & District Vietnam Veterans Association||Vietnam Memorial Upgrade||$16,850.00|
|Greater Shepparton City Council||Katandra War Memorial Restoratin and Re-Vitalisation||$7,830.00|
|Hepburn Shire Council||Daylesford Cenotaph Safe Access||$18,000.00|
|Inglewood/Bridgewater RSL Sub Branch auspiced by RSL State Branch||Lone Pine Tree Plaque and Stone||$2,273.00|
|Mansfield Shire Council||Restoration of Bonnie Doon War Memorial||$2,805.00|
|Merrijig Public Hall Committee||Upgrade the Merrijig War Memorial||$9,517.00|
|Moira Shire Council||Restoring Avenue of Honour Lott|