Applications close on 30 June.

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Applications close 30 June for a State Government program that commemorates the 80th anniversary of the end of World War II.

In 2025, the nation will mark 80 years since the end of Australia’s involvement in World War II, on 15 August 1945. The date marks Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender, which for Australians meant the Second World War was over.

To commemorate this significant milestone, the State Government established a grant fund to support South Australian organisations to publicly recognise the historic moment.

Registered not-for-profit community groups, ex-service organisations, local government authorities and schools are among those which can seek funding for eligible activities honouring and recognising WWII veterans, promote the identification or conservation of WWII heritage, and educate the community on South Australia’s involvement in the war.

There is no minimum or maximum amount that organisations can apply for, and projects may be fully or partially funded.

The 80th Anniversary of the end of World War II Grant Fund is in addition to the annual Anzac Day Commemoration Fund, which offers up to $100,000 in grants to deliver projects that help the veteran community, support commemorative services, and foster public understanding of the Anzac spirit.

Almost one million Australian men and women served during WWII, with 39,000 giving their lives and many civilians contributing to the wider war effort. Grant applications close on 30 June 2024.

More information on how to apply is available at

Quotes attributable to Joe Szakacs

Preserving our military history and commemorating important milestones fosters a connection between the past and the present and honours the sacrifice of all of those who served.

So many South Australians contributed greatly to the war efforts. As we prepare to mark 80 years since it’s end, this grant supports community initiatives that will provide current generations with the opportunity to connect, learn about and reflect on their contributions.

I urge organisations to take advantage of available funding so that we can work together to give this significant anniversary, and the South Australians we honour, the recognition in our community that they deserve.

Quotes attributable to David Peterson, State President, RSL SA/NT

It is important to honour the service and sacrifice of men and women in World War II in this historic moment. The available grants are a great opportunity to help fund these important activities, and I encourage all eligible groups and organisations, including RSL sub-branches, to apply.

Thank you to the South Australian Government for making this opportunity available, and for giving the local community the chance to access funds that can enable commemoration of this significant moment in time, and the service of so many.