There are three main federal funding grant programs:

  1. The Anzac Centenary Arts & Cultural Fund
  2. Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program
  3. Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program

The Anzac Centenary Arts & Cultural Fund

“Projects supported through the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund provide Australians with an opportunity to express their own history of service and sacrifice and explore how this service and sacrifice shaped our nation”

Artistic expression will convey many themes, stories, reflections and messages about Australia’s experiences of war at home and abroad in powerful and diverse ways. Sir Jonathan Mills AO is providing creative leadership of the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, which is being delivered through two affiliated funding streams:

  1. Production and Commissioning Fund
    Expressions of Interest for Round 2 of the Production and Commissioning Fund closed at 5pm AEST on 30 October 2014.  A list of recipients including a short description of their projects can be viewed here.
  1. Public Grants Program
    The Public Grants Program will give communities an opportunity to access and contribute to quality arts and cultural activities that commemorate the Anzac Centenary. This includes projects that focus on Australia’s service and sacrifice following the First World War, to cover a century of service and sacrifice by Australian men and women. A total of $2 million in public grant funding is available to individuals, organisations and groups for commemorative arts and culture projects that engage local communities, particularly in regional Australia. Applications for Round 1 of the Federal Public Grants Program closed on 10 September 2014.  On 23 February 2015, Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, announced allocation of more than $1.5 million in funding for individuals, organisations and groups through the first round of the Public Grants Program.

Successful South Australian projects include:

  1. Art Gallery of South Australia, Entrenched: contemporary artists and the art of the trenches – Production and Commissioning Fund
  2. State Theatre Company of South Australia, The Red Cross Letters – Public Grants Program

The second round of the Public Grants Program is currently open for projects to be delivered out to 2018.

The second round of the Public Grants Program focusses on commemorating the First World War Armistice and Australia’s service and sacrifice in other conflicts during the past hundred years, with activities and projects to be delivered out to 2018. If you would like to be added to the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund’s email mailing list to keep informed of updates regarding the opening and closing of our grants rounds, please send an email to

Funding of up to $100,000 is available for national, state and territory cultural institutions, and funding of up to $50,000 is available for artists, arts organisations and other applicants.

Applications to the Public Grants Program close at 5pm AEST on Friday 9 October 2015.

For information about the program, including program guidelines, and access to the application form, please visit For further information you can contact the Ministry for the Arts on 02 6141 4994 or email

Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program

“The Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program assists and encourages communities across Australia to undertake their own Anzac Centenary projects that commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women in the First World War”

The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is a key element of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary program through which funding of up to $125,000 is available for each Federal Member of Parliament (MP) to support projects in their electorate commemorating the First World War.  The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is responsible for administering the Anzac Centenary Local Grants program.  Applications for grant funding closed in 2014.  

Through the program more than 1,450 grants across 150 Federal electorates have now been awarded funding to the value of $15.8 million.
South Australian grants to the value of $457,463 have been allocated as follows:

Recipient Project Description
40 Australian Army Cadet Unit Oral histories of First World War soldiers from the Kingston region
Aberfoyle Park High School A First World War memorabilia collection and display cabinet at the Aberfoyle Park High School
Aberfoyle Park Primary School Installation of an Anzac memorial site at the Aberfoyle Park Primary School
Adelaide City Council Two community education programs entitled ‘A Brief History of South Australia’s Victoria Cross Recipients’ and ‘A Brief History of the 10th Battalion’.
Alberton Primary School An Anzac Centenary Memorial Garden for Alberton Primary School
Army Museum of South Australia Foundation Design and purchase of twelve demountable banners depicting various sections of Australia’s military Forces for the Army Museum’s Mobile Display Program (AMOSA)
Army Museum of South Australia Foundation AMOSA’s Mobile Display Program “Schools Initiative” Activity
Cambrai Hall Photographic display of First World War soldiers from the Cambrai area in the Cambrai Hall.
City of Charles Sturt Supporting creation of an interactive website of local stories about the First World War and a First World War community craft project.
City of Holdfast Bay Council “Bay to Battlefield” – Development of a large scale poster display around Holdfast Bay to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.
City of Marion Construction of “The Wall of Reflection” and memorial garden at Hallett Cove foreshore
City of Prospect Supporting production of ‘Prospect, A Portrait of a City at War’ including research, online information and profiles, travelling exhibition and a booklet.
Colonel Light Gardens Primary School Production of a film about the First World War and the meaning of Anzac Day as told and shown by the children at Colonel Light Gardens Primary School.
Colonel Light Gardens RSL and Community Club Erection of a First World War Memorial at the RSL.
District Council of Karoonda East Murray Restoration, preservation and display of First World War Memorabilia in Murray Mallee, South Australia.
Endeavour College Creation of an Anzac Centenary Garden of Remembrance within Endeavour College at Mawson Lakes
Flagstaff Hill R-7 School Creation of a Flagstaff Hill Memorial Anzac Garden
Keith War Memorial Community Centre Enhancement of the existing Memorial Wall and Gates located in Don Moseley Park in remembrance of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps whom took part in the First World War.
Kilburn RSL Sub-branch Inc. Painting of Anzac Day memorial murals on the Kilburn RSL’s water tank and shed
Light Regional Council Upgrade of the ‘Avenue of Honour’ in Kapunda
Light Regional Council – Wakefield Electorate Creation and implementation of a travelling exhibition of images depicting soldiers who served in the First World War.
Lobethal RSL Sub-Branch Printing of the book “To Verdun and Back” providing service details of 258 First World War soldiers from the Adelaide Hills region
Macclesfield RSL Sub-Branch Preservation and display a series of First World War Artefacts.
Marion Historic Village Display Group Creation of a static display titled “Saluting out World War 1 Heroes” about the involvement of Australian soldiers in the First World War, Display Centre, Township Road, Marion.
Meningie RSL Creation of the Meningie Memorial Park
Messinian Association of South Australia Creation of a Centenary of Anzac honour boards for installation at the Messinian Association of SA and Australian Hellenic Association.
National Trust of South Australia, Goolwa Branch Restoration and framing of a series of First World War photographs for display on a wall of honour at Goolwa National Trust History Centre
Naval Association of Australia, Port Adelaide Sub-Section Establishment of a Naval Memorial Boulder and Plaque for the First World War Memorial situated in front of the Port Adelaide Sub-section of the Association
Nazareth Catholic College, Primary Campus ‘Nazareth Community Remembers’ – a school project including a First World War mosaic panel
Nazareth Catholic Secondary College Creation of an Anzac Reflection Memorial with an embossed mosaic glass panel featuring images of First World War Soldiers who studied at the College.
Nuriootpa RSL Upgrade of the Nurioopta RSL War Memorial
Port MacDonnell & Districts RSL Sub-Branch Installation of a plaque in the Commemorative garden
Port Noarlunga & Christies Beach RSL Sub-Branch Creation of an Anzac Centenary Mural at the Port Noarlunga Esplanade
Power Community Ltd. Research and documentation of stories about South Australian Footballers who served in the First World War
Roma Mitchell Secondary College Creation of a 1-1 scale model of an Australian Sopwith Camel aircraft from the First World War for display at the Port Adelaide Aircraft Museum, the Parafield Gardens Airfield and the Military Vehicles Museum Elizabeth.
Rural City of Murray Bridge Restoration of the First World War Memorial at Diamond Park, Murray Bridge
Seaford 6-12 School Creation of an Anzac Centenary Commemorative Wall and stage area at the School
South Australian Aviation Museum Inc. Research and list all South Australian Aviators from the First World War
St Bartholomew’s Church, Norwood Restoration of brass Honour Roll commemorating the First World War
Tooperang War Memorial Hall Inc. To restore and relocate Honour Rolls and Bugle to the permanent Honour Roll area being established in the foyer of the War Memorial Hall, Tooperang
Unley RSL Sub-branch Implementation of the ‘Unley Remembers with Gratitude’ project, incorporating restoration of the water fountains, Arch of Remembrance, Remembrance Bell and Honour Boards; project includes a commemorative event and an educational program consisting of bronze plaques for local schools, theatre performances and library and museum activities

Saluting Their Service Grants Program

The ‘Saluting Their Service’ Commemorative Grants 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 sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women.

Three categories of grants are available under the Saluting Their Service Program:

  1. Community Commemorative Grants (CCG) – Grants up to a maximum of $4,000 are available for community-based commemorative projects and activities.
  2. Vietnam War Commemorative Grants (VWCG) – Grants between $4,000 and $20,000 are available for community-based commemorative projects and activities that directly commemorate any aspect of the Vietnam War, and which focus on camaraderie.
  3. Major Commemorative Grants (MCG) – Grants in excess of $4,000 are available for projects and activities that are significant, usually from a national, state or territory perspective.

Applications must be received by 5.00pm AEDT on 31 October 2015.
For further information, please contact the Commemorative Grants Section in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs National Office on 1800 026 185 or email

To download the STS Grant Guidelines and Applications Forms click on the link below: