Joint media release – Grants honour our veterans and preserve history

5 Mar 2024

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:

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.”

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023 24, Batch 2 Recipients