Funding for school projects

Schools can apply for modest grants for projects, including events and activities, that meet the aims and objectives of the Australian Government's Saluting Their Service commemorations program.

Projects must be directly commemorative of Australia's involvement in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

Projects which schools have previously received funding for include:

  • erecting or upgrading memorials (including installation of a memorial garden, flagpole or plaque) in school grounds to be used by the school community for commemorative events such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services
  • erecting or restoring honour rolls that record the names of former students who have served in wars and conflicts
  • publishing books to record the wartime service of former students (usually involving students and teachers researching information such as photographs and war service details).

Schools that undertake any of the following projects may be eligible for a grant of up to $4,000. Projects must be directly commemorative of Australia's servicemen and women involved in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Projects that may be eligible for a grant include:

  • restoration, preservation and upgrading of community war memorials
  • new community war memorials, where none exists, and where the new memorial will be the focus of community commemoration
  • improvement of access to and safety of the immediate surrounds of existing community memorials
  • restoration, preservation and interpretation of Australian wartime memorabilia for public display
  • restoration of commemorative plaques and honour boards on public display
  • new commemorative plaques and honour boards for public display
  • commemoration of significant anniversaries of battles and other military operations
  • unit wartime histories, where none exists
  • schools initiatives, e.g. research projects involving local veterans
  • significant unit reunions, e.g. 40th, 60th and final reunions.

Communities are expected to contribute towards the project, financially and by providing in-kind support.

Applications are considered by the Commemorations Grants Advisory Committee. The Committee makes recommendations to the Minister for Veterans' Affairs. Applicants are notified in writing of the Minister's decision.

View further information about the Commemorative Grants program, and apply using the following form: