Armistice Centenary Grants Program

Local community groups with an interest in Armistice Centenary can now apply for grants of up to $50,000 under the Armistice Centenary Grants program, being coordinated by Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie MP.

The Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018 is one of the most important commemorative periods in Australia’s history.  The Anzac Centenary Program commenced in 2014 with the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first convoy of ships to the First World War.  The Program will conclude with commemorations marking the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, on Remembrance Day 11 November 2018.

A total of $50,000 will be distributed across the electorate to community organisations, schools, educational institutions, museums or cultural institutions, historical associations, local governments and not-for-profits for commemorative projects and activities that will commemorate the end of the First World War remember Australian Service men and women from all conflicts and celebrate a just and secure peace.

Groups can submit an expression of interest for the Armistice Centenary Grants Program with ideas to commemorate or celebrate the end of the First World War in your local community. Grant funding from $3,000 is available to organisations for eligible projects. 

Expressions of interest (EOI) will be considered by Ms Sharkie and the Community Consultation Committee. Successful EOI applicants will be selected by the Committee and Ms Sharkie who will then be invited to apply for the grant through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Further details on the Armistice Centenary Grant can be found at: or by calling DVA on 1800 555 254.

Click here to download the application pack

To have your proposal considered, please complete the attached project plan and budget and return to Ms Sharkie's office by 5pm on Monday 13 November 2017 via email to




Armistice Centenary Grants Program criteria

3.1 Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

To be eligible you must:

  • have been invited by your local member to submit an application. The grant amount and project applied for must be the same as what is reported by your local member to DVA

  • be one of the following organisation types:

– an incorporated association (if you are seeking funding of $10,000 or more)

– ex-service organisation

– not for profit community organisation

– school, or other educational institution

– museum or cultural institution

– historical association

– an Australian local government body.

  • have a plan for how you will carry out the project and identify the budget for your project

  • have an account with an Australian financial institution in the name of the organisation applying, and

  • be located in Australia.

Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.

3.2 Who is not eligible to apply for a grant?

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual

  • an organisation that has outstanding acquittals for any previous DVA funding

  • an unincorporated association (unless you are seeking less than $10,000)

  • an overseas resident

  • a political party.

4. Eligible grant activities

4.1 What can the grant money be used for?

To be eligible your project must be a local community-based commemorative project or activity that links directly with the centenary of the Armistice, commemorates the end of the First World War, remembers Australian service men and women from any conflict and celebrates a just and secure peace.

Funding must be used to deliver projects and activities that meet these objectives and may include but are not limited to the following:

  • the public commemoration of the Centenary of Armistice Day

  • new war memorials, where none exists and where the new memorial will be the focus of community commemoration

  • new honour boards / rolls or plaques

  • the restoration of existing war memorials, honour boards / rolls and plaques

  • the preservation, interpretation and display of wartime and military memorabilia and artefacts

  • the publication of wartime histories (e.g. unit histories, local wartime histories and letters from service men and women) where similar works have not previously been published

  • educational and cultural projects with a military heritage focus

  • school initiatives / projects undertaken by students which focus on military involvement and social impacts relevant to the community.

Examples of eligible items you can use the grant to pay for:
  • hire of equipment necessary to carry out the project – e.g. venue, audio and visual, chairs

  • printing and editing costs – e.g. commemorative booklets/orders of service, invitations, wartime history publications

  • transport – Bus hire costs for transportation to commemorative events only

  • research administrative costs – e.g. postage, photocopying - maximum of 5% of total project costs

  • refreshments (non-alcoholic) – maximum of 10% of total project costs

  • entertainment of a commemorative nature and integral to the commemorative component of the project

  • advertising costs

  • cenotaphs

  • plinths

  • plaques

  • monuments and statues

  • flagpoles

  • honour Boards/Rolls (including digital Honour Boards/Rolls)

  • restoration costs for memorials, plaques, Honour Boards/Rolls

  • landscaping – for immediate surrounds of memorials only – e.g. commemorative plants, paving – maximum of 15% of total project costs

  • display cabinet purchase costs for the display of wartime memorabilia

  • lighting – e.g. display cabinets, memorial security lighting

  • display materials – purchase of for educational/cultural projects

  • art supplies – purchase of for school initiatives and artistic projects

  • costs associated with contractors who undertake project activities.

You can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in your grant agreement.

DVA makes the final decision on what is eligible expenditure and may provide additional guidance on eligible expenditure if required.

4.2 What the grant money cannot be used for

You cannot use the grant for the following activities:

  • projects of a commercial nature/projects for profit

  • projects undertaken outside of Australia

  • projects exclusively commemorating animals

  • projects commemorating individuals

  • restoration of graves

  • scholarships.

Expenditure items that are not eligible include:
  • capital expenditure for the purchase of assets such as office furniture and equipment, motor vehicles, computers, printers or photocopiers

  • construction of or fit out, alterations and/or extensions to premises

  • salaries

  • recurring or ongoing expenditure (e.g. annual maintenance, rent)

  • costs incurred in the preparation of a grant application or related documentation

  • costs you incur in order to obtain planning, environmental or other regulatory approvals during the project period

  • accommodation and travel costs, including airfares

  • educational materials where DVA already provides similar resources for schools

  • honour Boards or Plaques acknowledging membership or service of an ex-service organisation

  • memorabilia (purchase of)

  • military hardware (purchase of)

  • trophies, prizes, awards and gifts

  • eligible items that have already been purchased or ordered.

For further information on the Armistice Centenary Grant Program (ACGP) you can access the ACGP Guidelines at: