Marking (First World War) Private Graves grants program

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The Marking (First World War) Private Graves (MPG) grants program provides funding assistance to mark the unmarked private graves of First World War veterans.

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What is the Marking (First World War) Private Graves (MPG) grants program

Throughout Australia, there are committed individuals and groups working to identify the unmarked graves of First World War veterans, and marking these graves to ensure their service and sacrifice are remembered.

Community groups, ex-service organisations and individuals can now apply for funding assistance to mark unmarked private graves of First World War veterans. 

The MPG grants program provides veterans who are not eligible for commemoration through the Office of Australian War Graves, the opportunity to have their war service recognised at the site of their interment.

Ongoing maintenance of these private graves and their markers will rest with applicants or by arrangements with the relevant cemetery authority.

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How can the grants be used

The MPG grants program will provide one-off funding of up to $620 per grave to assist with the purchase of a grave marker for unmarked private graves of veterans of the First World War.  You can seek funding for up to 10 grave markers in each individual application.  

MPG grants can be used for;

  • the manufacture and supply of a new plaque or gravestone marker
  • materials and/or labour required to install or affix the marker.
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How do I apply

If you are considering applying for funding assistance, there are several steps that must be undertaken prior to making an application. 

Before you apply, some of the documentation you will need to have obtained includes:

  • an assessment of the veteran for eligibility for official commemoration from the Repatriation Commission
  • permission from descendants and/or burial right holder to alter the veteran’s private grave
  • a formal quote for the total cost of the marker.

For the purpose of the MPG grants program, we encourage applicants to start seeking an assessment by the Repatriation Commission as soon as possible to determine whether the veterans they have identified as being at rest in unmarked graves, may have died of causes related to their First World War service.  If they are found to have done so, they may be eligible for an official commemoration provided by Government and maintained in perpetuity. 

Applications regarding the veteran’s eligibility for official commemoration can be made by writing to the Deputy Commissioner, Department of Veterans' Affairs, GPO Box 9998, Brisbane, QLD 4001, or via email: compensation.claims [at] dva.gov.au (compensation[dot]claims[at]dva[dot]gov[dot]au).

The grant opportunity guidelines and information about how to apply are available on the GrantConnect website when the funding round opens.  

Register on GrantConnect to be notified of grant round openings.

Assistance can be obtained through the Community Grants Hub. on 1800 020 283 or send an email to support [at] communitygrants.gov.au (support[at]communitygrants[dot]gov[dot]au)

If you think you will need assistance with your application, ask for help early.  This will ensure that any issues can be worked through in time for your application to be considered for funding.

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How the applications are assessed

Applications are assessed based on the criteria set out in the MPG grant opportunity guidelines.

The recommendations are forwarded to the Director of War Graves who makes the final decision.

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When will you know the outcome of your application

You will be notified of the outcome of your application after the closing date and when the assessment process is completed.

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What happens if your grant application is successful

If successful, you will be sent a grant agreement.  Payments are made after the applicant has correctly signed and returned the grant agreement.

Grants need to be acquitted when the project is completed and within the timeframe specified in the grant agreement. 

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