Up to $4,000 is available from the Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program to commemorate the involvement, service and sacrifice of service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program

Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program

The Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program 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 personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

The objectives of the Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program are to acknowledge and commemorate those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations.



The Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program applications up to a maximum of $4,000 will be considered, depending on the eligible grant project and activity category selected.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • be a local community-based project or activity that directly commemorates the involvement, service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

The list below provides a guide to eligible grant projects and activities:

Grants up to $4000 include:

  • Community War Memorials, Commemorative Plaques and Honour Boards – new war memorials, where none exists and where the new memorial will be the focus of community commemoration and the restoration of existing war memorials, honour boards/ rolls and plaques

Grants up to $3000 include:

  • Restoration, Preservation and or/Display of Wartime Memorabilia – the preservation, interpretation and display of wartime and military memorabilia and artefacts.
  • Commemorative Events – significant military unit reunions, i.e. 40th or 65th anniversary or the commemoration of significant military anniversaries, i.e. 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. Note: Only one anniversary should be commemorated as it is considered that events to commemorate multiple anniversaries have the potential to diminish the significance of each anniversary. The event must be held within a month of the anniversary being commemorated.
  • Publications/Website – the publication of wartime histories where similar works have not previously been published, i.e. unit histories, local wartime histories and letters from service personnel.
  • Public Awareness Activity – significant cultural and educational projects, i.e. exhibition, with a military focus and that add to the sum of knowledge on a particular topic or which provide access to information about Australia’s wartime heritage.
  • School Initiative – school initiatives / projects undertaken by students which focus on military involvement and social impacts relevant to the community.

You can use the grant to pay for items including, but not limited to:

  • Audio and visual equipment hire
  • Cenotaphs
  • Chair hire
  • Display cabinets for the display of wartime memorabilia
  • Flagpole (one only) where none already exists – Supply and Installation, to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration. Note: Maximum available amount for this item is $1,500
  • Flagpole (one only) where none already exists – Supply only, to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration. Note: Maximum available amount for this item is $1,000
  • Honour boards/rolls (including digital honour boards/rolls)
  • Interpretive signage
  • Landscaping / Gardening (i.e. trees, shrubs, paving). Note: Must be within the immediate surrounds of memorials
  • Lighting (i.e. for display cabinets)
  • Monuments and Statues
  • Plaques
  • Plinths
  • Printing of commemorative booklets/orders of service
  • Publishing or editing costs.
  • Restoration of plaques and honour boards/rolls
  • Restoration of memorials
  • Restoration (of eligible items listed)
  • Venue hire
  • Wreaths (maximum of two). Note: limit of $100 per wreath
  • Framing / Mounting
  • Regilding
  • Gold leaf lettering
  • Installation (of eligible items listed)
  • Delivery (of eligible items listed)
  • Sandstone Blocks
  • Fencing (immediate surrounds of memorial)
  • Concrete slab
  • Website design
  • Research
  • Lettering / signage
  • Security for commemorative events
  • Mannequin(s)
  • Postage (invitations)
  • Band / Bugler (at commemorative events)
  • Advertising (commemorative events)
  • First Aid (commemorative events)
  • Solar audio posts
  • Sandblasting memorial
  • Pointing (memorials)
  • Unit banner
  • Equipment relating to digital projects
  • CC TV security to reduce vandalism at memorial
  • Lighting to enhance memorial and deter vandalism
  • School memorial gardens – must include a commemorative plinth or plaque ($500 maximum for horticultural costs e.g. plants, soil)

You can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in your grant agreement.


Eligible Applicants

Applicants can choose to apply as one of three applicant types:

  • An entity applying for funding in its own right;
  • An entity applying as a sponsor on behalf of an individual or ineligible organisation; or
  • An entity applying as the lead agency of a consortium.

To be eligible for the Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program, an applicant must be one of the following entity types as stated in the online application form dropdown list:

  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Indigenous corporation
  • Incorporated association
  • Local government
  • Sole Trader
  • State/Territory Government entity
  • Statutory entity
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust
  • Unincorporated association

Applications from consortium are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.



Applications close 26 March 2019.


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