Joint media release - Grants honour our veterans and preserve history

The Hon Matt Keogh MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP
Assistant Minister for Defence
Assistant Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Assistant Minister for the Republic

Ninety community organisations, ex-service organisations, schools, and councils across Australia will receive a share in more than $1 million in grants through the latest round of the Albanese Government's Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

These grants support essential local projects that commemorate the enduring service and sacrifices of our veterans and preserve Australia's rich military history.

Grants have been awarded to large-scale projects such as the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum, which will host a commemorative art exhibition for the veteran community, through to local activities such as renovations and upgrades to the Soldiers Room at Mount Morgan Citizen's Club.

Saluting Their Service is an ongoing national program. Applications for the next grant round are now open until 20 June, encouraging ongoing community participation in honouring our veterans.

A wide range of organisations can apply for grants, including ex-service organisations, community groups, schools, and local councils. Two grant categories are available:

  • Community Grants: Up to $10,000 for local, community-based commemorative activities.
  • Major Grants: Between $10,001 and $150,000 for significant commemorative projects with national, state, territory, or regional impact.

To find out more, or apply for a grant, visit: www.grants.gov.au.

Quotes Attributable to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Matt Keogh MP:

“Saluting Their Service grants support local communities undertake projects that recognise and commemorate the service and sacrifice of our Defence personnel, veterans and their families.”

“Many older communities around Australia have cenotaphs and memorials dating back to World War I, but as an ever growing country we need to ensure Australia’s history is understood, and modern conflicts, and the service of modern veterans is recognised.”

“Australia’s service personnel come from all corners of our vast nation, this program ensures that the stories of local heroes are known, and recognised.” 

“There are several significant commemorations in 2024, including the 25th Anniversary of INTERFET and the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. I would encourage anyone thinking about a project commemorating these two significant events in Australia’s military history to apply.”

Quotes attributed to the Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP:

“Community projects help ensure Australia's veterans' service and sacrifices are eternally remembered. The quality of applications this round reflects a genuine commitment to commemoration, blending respect, creativity, and innovation.”

“We thank everyone who dedicated themselves to applying for grants. Your efforts to honour our veterans are truly appreciated.”

“For those interested, submit your applications in the next round and contribute to the lasting legacy of our veterans.”

Media Contacts:

Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling provides 24/7 free confidential crisis support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families on 1800 011 046 or the Open Arms website. Safe Zone Support provides anonymous counselling on 1800 142 072. Defence All-Hours Support Line provides support for ADF personnel on 1800 628 036 or the Defence Health Portal. Defence Member and Family Helpline provides support for Defence families on 1800 624 608

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023 24, Batch 2

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

ACT Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023‑24, Batch 2

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company

Publishing and promotion of the book “ACTION-ACTION-ACTION - The Essential History of the Employment of Australian Artillery 1871 to 2021”.

$22,863

Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association ACT Division

Install a plaque at the Royal Australian Air Force Memorial Grove in Canberra to commemorate the Number 1 Squadron. 

$4,320

450 Squadron RAAF Association Incorporated 

Install a plaque at the Royal Australian Air Force Memorial Grove in Canberra to commemorate the No. 450 Squadron. 

$4,852

A Battery Association Incorporated Purchase of banners and wreaths for participation in the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration activities by the A Battery Association. $2,870

TOTAL 

$34,905

 NEW SOUTH WALES

NSW Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023‑24, Batch 2

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Bayside Council

Install brass handrails to stairs leading up to the Arncliffe Memorial Park cenotaph.

$8,130

The Scout Association of Australia New South Wales Branch

Install a replacement flagpole at 4th Kingsgrove Scouts, NSW.

$1,240

Bonville Public Hall Reserve Land Manager Install two captured First World War machine guns in the Bonville Memorial Hall. $8,864
Nareena Hills Parents and Citizens Association Create a dedicated commemorative space at Nareena Hills Primary School. $10,000
Berinba Public School Install flagpoles and a memorial garden at Berinba Public School, NSW. $4,000
Heather Kerr Replace the existing glass covering of a 1914-1919 Honour Board. $1,580
Woolpack Inn Museum Holbrook Incorporated Restoration of the War Room in the Woolpack Inn Museum in Holbrook, NSW. $9,387
Macquarie United Sub Junior Rugby League Football Club Install flagpoles at Keith Barry Oval, Toronto, NSW. $2,000
Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc. Contribute to the upgrade of the Rathmines memorial area. $10,000
Bayside Council Install brass handrails to stairs leading up to the Mascot Park War Memorial cenotaph. $8,130
Gloucester RSL Sub-Branch (NSW Branch) Repair cracks in the concrete plinths and repainting the Gloucester Memorial Clock Towers. $5,208
Friends of the Schoolmasters House Incorporated Install a bronze plaque to commemorate local Ash Island service personnel. $2,400
Paulette Sansey Publish a book entitled ‘Into the Moonlit Village- The Battle of Crete’. $7,264
Murringo Community Association Incorporated Install plaques commemorating veterans’ names to the cenotaph in Murringo, NSW. $6,000
Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club Incorporated Display an honour board to commemorate active life saving members who served. $3,776
Cardiff RSL Sub Branch Install a display cabinet with internal lighting to exhibit military war memorabilia, medals and models. $4,970
Moss Vale RSL Sub-Branch Installation of plaques at Moss Vale RSL to commemorate post-Vietnam service. $3,000

TOTAL 

$95,949

NORTHERN TERRITORY

NT Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023‑24, Batch 2

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Tennant Creek RSL Sub Branch NT Inc. 

Construct a memorial area to Vietnam War veterans at the Tennant Creek RSL Sub-Branch.

$10,000

TOTAL 

$10,000

QUEENSLAND

Qld Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023‑24, Batch 2

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Goondiwindi Regional Council

Restoration and refurbishment of the Goondiwindi Customs House, Queensland.

$71,819

Friends of St Helens Beach Environment Incorporated

Install a flagpole and seating at the Repulse Esplanade St Helens Beach, QLD. 

$1,694

Bray Park-Strathpine RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch) Inc.

Create a comprehensive book detailing the Second World War military heritage of the Pine Rivers region.

$10,000

Maroochydore RSL Sub-Branch (Queensland Branch)  Install new display cabinets to display a wide range of military items and memorabilia. $10,000
Beerwah and District Memorial Golf Club Incorporated Install a new memorial including two flagpoles at the Beerwah and District memorial Golf Club. $10,000
Mundubbera RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch)  Frame and repair memorabilia at Mundubbera RSL, QLD. $3,243
Mount Morgan Citizen's Club Inc. Renovations and upgrade works at the Mount Morgan Citizen’s Club’s Soldiers Room. $6,500
Beenleigh and District RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch) Inc. Restore and upgrade lighting for the Beenleigh RSL wartime military display. $10,000
Townsville RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch)  Install memorabilia display cabinets at the Townsville RSL. $7,560
Bundaberg Regional Council Conservation of two First World War military uniforms and purchase of a new cabinet case to allow their display at the Fairymead House Sugar History Museum. $7,893
2/16th Australian Infantry Battalion A.I.F. Association Incorporated Restore plaque at Rocky Creek War Memorial Park, Queensland. $2,571
Wooroolin Community Committee Incorporated Install a new honour board in the Wooroolin Memorial Hall to commemorate the men who served in Vietnam. $2,462
Goodna RSL Sub-Branch (QLD Branch) Incorporated Relocate the current memorial and expand it in a new location, which is at less risk of flooding. $10,000
Redcliffe RSL Sub-Branch (Queensland Branch)  Restoration works to the existing Honour Board memorial wall for returned service personnel from Redcliffe RSL Sub Branch. $3,011
Peninsula Fair Darts Association Inc. Create three portraits representing Army, Navy and Air Force at Deception Bay Club. $5,500
Scarborough State School Install flagpole at Scarborough State School, Queensland. $2,000
Greenbank RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch) Install a new military silhouetted memorial metal display in the Greenbank RSL Sub Branch car park near the existing flagpoles. $10,000
National Servicemen's Association of Australia (Queensland) Inc. Restore the Maryborough Nasho Memorial, Queensland. $750
Iona College Ltd Restoration of the Manly War Memorial statue of William ‘Bill’ Henry Dodd, and relocate statue $106,834

TOTAL 

$281,837

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

SA Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023‑24, Batch 2

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Renmark RSL Sub Branch Inc.

Install two commemorative bench seats at the Cross of Sacrifice memorial garden in Renmark.

$6,150

The National Trust of South Australia Refurbish eight brass memorial plaques located in the town rotunda in Beachport SA. $5,200
Waikerie RSL Sub Branch Incorporated Install a medal display board at Waikerie RSL, SA. $2,550
Murray Bridge RSL Sub Branch and Bowling Club Incorporated Create a commemorative ‘Pathway of Honour’ at Murray Bridge RSL War Memorial. $10,000
District Council of Elliston Replacement of the Cenotaph in the District Council of Elliston. $10,000
Henley and Grange RSL Sub Branch Incorporated Restoration and digitisation of the Henley and Grange RSL Memorabilia Display. $7,560
Aveo Retirement Homes Limited Install flagpole at The Braes Retirement Village, South Australia. $1,145
McLaren Vale and District RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Purchase a display cabinet for the dedicated Vietnam era memorabilia room.   $3,971
Willunga and District RSL Sub Branch Incorporated Install a new memorial in Willunga, SA. $10,000
RSL Care South Australia Incorporated Install six Vietnam War memorial totems at the Remembrance Walkway in RSL Care SA War Veterans Home. $10,000

TOTAL 

$66,576

TASMANIA

Tasmania Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023‑24, Batch 2

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Lenah Valley RSL Sub Branch Inc.

Restore the Lenah Valley RSL’s Service Member Honour Boards.

$7,600

Cygnet Living History Museum Inc. Install display banners and cabinets at the Cygnet Living History Museum to display wartime memorabilia. $5,913
Military Brotherhood MMC - Tasmania North Sub Branch Inc. Enable a vinyl wrap to be applied to the Sub-Branch’s trailer, depicting service personnel and military artefacts, as well as the production of displays for their portable marquee that depict the Australian Service Badges. $8,471
Veterans Memorial Centre Inc Landscape the parade ground at Veterans Memorial Centre Bridgewater, Tasmania. $5,000

TOTAL 

$26,984

 VICTORIA

Victoria Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023‑24, Batch 2

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Waverley RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated

Host a photography exhibition titled ‘Into The Light’ telling stories of military service.

$55,741

Australian Aircraft Restoration Group Upgrade the Second World War Pacific Gallery in the Moorabbin Airport Museum. $16,257
Australian National Veterans Arts Museum Limited Host a commemorative art exhibition for the veteran community at the Arts Centre Melbourne. $150,000
Anglican Church of St Pauls East Ballarat Contribute to the publication of a book entitled ‘Lives of Honour, Ballarat East and the Great War’ $9,102
Robert Gough Contribute towards restoration and repair works at the former Bathurst Army Camp. $10,000
Rotary Club of Wandin Incorporated Install a stone plinth and mount seven bronze plaques within the current Cenotaph. $6,000
Lilydale Primary School Install three flagpoles and an Indigenous memorial garden at Lilydale Primary School.  $7,000
Lilydale RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Install a new flagpole, associated paving and a small memorial garden at Lilydale RSL. $8,000
Yarra Glen Primary School Install flagpoles at Yarra Glen Primary School, Victoria. $2,000
Yarram Primary School Install three flagpoles at Yarram Primary School, Victoria. $2,000
Bundalaguah Primary School Install three new flagpoles for the Bundalaguah Primary School. $2,000
Ian Marshman Install an information board and signs to commemorate service personnel and recognise the Avenue of Honour oak tree plantation at Langs Road Limestone, VIC. $2,500
Falls Creek Primary School Install three flagpoles at the Falls Creek Primary School. $2,000
Accelerated Evolution - The Break Inc. To construct a memorial wall at Vasey RSL Care Veterans’ Village in Cheltenham. $2,925
Cornish College Install flagpoles and landscaping works within the Cornish College memorial garden. $3,000
Redcliffs/Irymple RSL Sub-Branch Install a display cabinet to display wartime memorabilia donated by the public at the Military Museum. $3,500
Mildura Rural City Council Install memorial crosses with plaques along the Cowangie Avenue of Honour. $2,834
Redcliffs/Irymple RSL Sub-Branch Restore and addition of the Ode ‘To the Fallen’ to the existing cenotaph in the Irymple Township. $1,318
Kaniva College Install three flagpoles at Kaniva College, Victoria $2,000
Dr Janet Butler Digitalisation of First World War negatives of Australian soldiers in the Imperial Camel Corps in Sinai and Palestine. $4,100
Numurkah and District Historical Society Inc. Restore the Strathmerton Methodist Church Honour Board, VIC. $10,000
Waaia Community Plan (WCP) Committee Inc. Install a First World War plaque in Waaia, VIC. $4,290
Cobram Barooga RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Install a new War Memorial to commemorate locals who served in the First World War and the Second World War. $7,040
St Fidelis Primary School Install flagpoles and a memorial garden at St Fidelis Primary School, VIC. $6,450

TOTAL 

$320,057

 WESTERN AUSTRALIA

WA Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023‑24, Batch 2

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Shire of Moora

Restoration of the Shire of Moora’s War Memorial to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the installation of the War Memorial statue in May 2024.

$51,712

Rottnest Island Authority

Create a design for the coast Defence Museum and Interpretation Centre in the Detail Issue Depot shed on Wadjemup/Rottnest Island. 

$128,475

Shire of Carnarvon

Create a new memorial to commemorate locals who served during wartime.

$10,000

Lakeland Senior High School

Install three flagpoles at Lakeland Senior High School, Western Australia

$1,760

HMAS Perth (I) Memorial Foundation Incorporated Install internal illumination equipment and fire safety devices between the Navy League of Australia (WA Division) premises and the HMAS Perth memorial. $10,000
Mount Helena Residents and Ratepayers Progress Association Incorporated Install a new roll of honour board to commemorate Mount Helena locals who served in the Second World War.  $5,137
Poynter Primary School Parents and Citizens Association Inc. Install two new flagpoles at the Pointer Primary School memorial garden. $2,000
Poynter Primary School Parents and Citizens Association Inc. Restoration and repair of the memorial gardens at the Poynter Primary School.  $4,000
West Arthur Community Resource Centre Incorporated Install three panels of information at the Betty Brown Historical Centre, Western Australia. $10,000
Canning District RSL Sub-Branch Install commemorative fence panels in the RSL garden in Cannington, WA.  $2,300
Mandurah Murray Vietnam Veterans Group Install two plaques to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Australian forces involvement in the Vietnam conflict, at the Mandurah RSL. $2,325

TOTAL 

$227,709