Anzac Community Grants - Information for applicants

The Anzac Community Grants Program provides grants of up to $3,000 for projects that either promote appreciation and understanding of the service and sacrifice of military service personnel or support activities and services to enhance the wellbeing of the NSW veteran community.

Please note, funding is only provided for projects that are yet to take place, and not for costs already incurred.

Applicants who have received funding from the Anzac Community Grants Program for three consecutive years will be ineligible for funding in the subsequent fourth year.

Applicant eligibility

Individuals and the following types of not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for funding:

  • ex-service organisations
  • local government authorities
  • non government organisations (NGO)
  • educational institutions.

In addition, to be eligible for funding applicants must:

  • possess an Australian Business Number (ABN) or can provide written advice from the Australian Taxation Office that no withholding tax is required from the grant payment;
  • be financially solvent;
  • be based in Australia provided the project is of direct and substantial relevance to NSW; and
  • have submitted an acquittal form or progress report for any previously provided Veterans Affairs Grant.



Local community historical research and education

Projects that help inform and educate the wider community about the service and sacrifice of local veterans and their families, including research towards online or print publications.


Preservation or display of war memorabilia

Preservation and/or research materials, or display of war memorabilia, artefacts and/or research materials relevant to the local community.


Public commemorative events, arts and culture

Events that honour or mark military anniversaries and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of NSW veterans.


Provide support to members of the NSW veteran community

Activities such as excursions, milestone reunions, and training and development to assist health and wellbeing.


Applicant’s responsibilities

Proposed projects and activities can only be submitted under one of the above category descriptions.

When completing your application please ensure you provide enough information for the assessing committee to understand the project (including how the project was developed, key dates and who is involved with the preparation and delivery of the project).

Applicants must ensure their application is complete and accurate. When applying, the applicant must disclose all matters that would affect the NSW Government’s decision to approve the funding allocation.

Projects that have co-funding arrangements are assessed favourably. Particularly when funding support and contributions are confirmed from the local community, for example Council or RSL sub-Branches. Similarly, letters of support from appropriate members of the community will also enhance applications for funding.


Timing and approval process

Eligible applications will be assessed by a committee against the program’s objectives. Applicants will be informed of the outcome in writing in February.

Successful applicants may be offered a smaller funding amount than applied for. This may result from a variety of factors including an inability to fund the full amount from the available grant monies.


Eligible and ineligible costs

Grant money will only be awarded for eligible expenditure, that is yet to be incurred. The following lists of items can be used as a guide.

Eligible costs

Commemorations and events: 1. Events to mark the creation of units, regiments, squadrons or ships 2. Significant NSW military anniversaries 3. Audio and visual equipment hire (not already owned by the organization) 4. Bands and musical accompaniments 5. Wreaths (maximum of two wreaths, limited to $100 cost each) if integral to the project 6. Projects commemorating individuals 7. Printing (external only) of commemorative booklets/orders of service 8. Venue and equipment hire (external only). This includes items such as: rigging, generator hire, fencing, toilets, traffic management, hire equipment (marquees, chairs, tables staging), waste management and wet weather contingencies 9. Catering, refreshments and associated catering equipment (limited to $300)

Educational: 10. Educational materials that are an integral part of a project (this only includes materials that are being created for the project), digital materials are encouraged 11. Interpretive / information signage 12. School trips/community group visits or excursions to sites, locations or establishments of military significance

Heritage: 13. Display cabinets for the display of wartime memorabilia 14. Plaques, medallions or presentation items (small orders only)

Other: 15. Freight (must be directly related to the project) 16. Landscaping or gardening 17. Lighting 18. Marketing and advertising (e.g. advertising, promotional collateral, marketing activities, public relation, graphic design, associated printing costs) 19. Publishing or editing costs (for first editions only) 20. Research expenses (i.e. photocopying, the purchase of photographs, copies of records that are an integral part of the project. General administration expenses are not eligible 21. Salaries/wages for tradespeople, professionals, external suppliers and short term personnel (with a valid ABN) who are essential to delivering the project 22. Transport — bus/coach hire if reasonable and integral to the project

Ineligible Costs: 
  1. Accommodation – domestic and international
  2. Additions to an existing memorial or plaque, or construction of a new memorial (the Commonwealth Government can assist)
  3. Administration costs (ongoing) of an organisation such as electricity, phone, taxis, printer cartridges, stationery and rent
  4. Applicant’s own venue or equipment hire
  5. Auspicing fees
  6. Books and journal subscriptions
  7. Capital expenditure relating to the purchase or upgrade of fixed assets for ongoing use by the organisation. For example property, marquees, vehicles, or investments
  8. Capital works relating to the creation of an asset for ongoing use by the organisation. For example, infrastructure and buildings (except for wheelchair/disability access) <
  9. Catering, refreshments and associated equipment over $300
  10. Commercial projects/projects for profit (all business profit such as the promotion of an organisation, brand or product)
  11. Conservation of war memorials (Community War Memorials Fund can provide support for this)
  12. Construction and repair of buildings including museums, memorial halls and sporting facilities
  13. Costs incurred in the preparation of the grant application or related documentation
  14. Council approval costs
  15. Donations
  16. Electrical works or equipment
  17. Entertainment not of a commemorative nature
  18. Electrical equipment purchases (i.e. computers, printers, cameras, mobile phones)
  19. Expenditure already incurred (e.g. project planning, purchasing of equipment or services, commission fees incurred for the development and/or design of the project, annual maintenance costs).This includes where an order has already been placed with a supplier
  20. Events to mark training or graduation
  21. Fireworks
  22. Flags or Flag poles (local MPs and the Commonwealth Government including DVA provide this support)
  23. Flowers (not wreaths)
  24. In-kind support
  25. Construction of new war memorial/cenotaph
  26. Ongoing expenditure
  27. Preliminaries - includes any advice consultation, supervision management plans relating to the project that require completion before commencing the project
  28. Politically focused events or activities
  29. Projects undertaken outside of NSW or Australia
  30. Reimbursement for petty cash or other cash costs
  31. Restoration of graves
  32. Routine operations of the organisation (e.g. audit and accounting, consumables, bank charges, taxes, electricity, legal and license fees, office supplies, insurances, office rent, committee meeting expenses, postage)
  33. Salaries/wages for someone employed by the applicant on an ongoing basis (including internal marketing personnel, internal researchers and any related entitlements such as overtime)
  34. Scholarships
  35. Sponsorships or grants to third parties
  36. Translation of books/records into English
  37. Vehicles (purchase of)
  38. Volunteers (donations, or one off payments to volunteers)