Grants and awards | December 04, 2020

Grants to support and commemorate our veterans

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy is encouraging local RSL sub-branches to apply for their share of funding under three Victorian Government grant programs that open next week.

“Families right across the Wimmera have sent sons and daughters away to war to defend our nation and our way of life,” Ms Kealy said.

“Funding programs like this are extremely important in helping us to honour and acknowledge those who have served, died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars, armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

“I salute our brave servicemen and women for their service and dedication to the country we love and encourage all eligible local organisations to consider applying to ensure we never forget the service and sacrifice they have made.”

Ms Kealy said this year’s grants provided an opportunity for local RSL sub-branches whose usual fundraising campaigns have been significantly impacted by coronavirus restrictions.

“2020 has been a tough year for our RSL sub-branches, many of whom rely on revenue made through local fundraising campaigns which have been unable to go ahead.

“These grants are a fantastic opportunity to assist local sub-branches and ex-service organisations get back on their feet, with priority being given to projects responding to COVID-19.”

Applications for the following programs open on Wednesday, 9 December:

  • ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund
  • Victoria Remembers Grant Program
  • Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour

The ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund endeavours to provide support to the veteran community through the provision of funding for a range of welfare related activities. Priority for a proportion of the funding available will be given to projects responding to the impacts of COVID-19.

The Victoria Remembers Grant Program offers grants of up to $30,000 (ex GST) for projects which honour or commemorate veterans’ service or educate Victorians about veterans’ contributions.

The Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour offers grants of up to $30,000 (ex GST) for projects which restore community war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour.

Further information on each of the grants, including eligibility, is available by visiting

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