The Veterans SA Commemorative Services Grant Fund offers support to eligible ex-service organisations to assist in hosting commemorative events.

Applicants can seek grants of up to $1,000 (ex GST) for expenses that directly relate to the coordination, management and delivery of commemorative services within South Australia.

Examples of eligible expenses include:

  • venue (hire fees)
  • equipment and furniture hire (AV, lighting, marquees, chairs)
  • catering
  • security
  • advertising and marketing such as flyers, booklets and posters.

Please note grants for Anzac Day Dawn Services are not available through this funding round.

Applications are OPEN.

Applications for 2023-2024 round are open from 9.00am, 22 August 2023.

Applications close at 5:00 pm ACST on 31 May 2024, unless funds are exhausted prior to this date.

For further information contact:
Ms Clare Hennessy, Project Officer, Veterans SA
(08) 8226 8541

Eligibility criteria

Funding can be used for eligible expenses that directly relate to coordination, management and delivery of commemorative services within South Australia.

To be eligible for funding, ex-service organisations must:

  • be non-government, not-for-profit and
    • incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985, or
    • an Australian Public Company Limited by Guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001, or
    • a Statutory Authority established through an Act, or
    • registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission with a comparable legal status
  • have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • provide satisfactory evidence that their core purpose is to deliver initiatives, services or support for the South Australian veteran community
  • be based in South Australia.

In addition, the following criteria apply:

  • applicant organisations must have met requirements for any previous grants received from Veterans SA, such as acquitting or reporting on grants
  • organisations not meeting these requirements, such as unincorporated organisations, may partner with a lead applicant which meets eligibility requirements
  • applications must be authorised by an appropriate executive member of the organisation
  • an applicant may only submit one application.

How to apply

Assessment process

After you submit an application you will receive a receipt of your application via email.

Stage one – Application screening

Veterans SA will screen all applications as they are received to ensure:

  • the applicant and project are eligible – ineligible applicants or projects will not be progressed to assessment
  • the application has been completed in full and all supporting documentation has been provided – incomplete applications may not be progressed further
  • the applicant does not have any outstanding obligations for previously awarded grants – applicants with outstanding obligations may not be progressed further.

 Stage two – Assessment against criteria

Applications that progress to stage two will be assessed on merit against the following criteria:

  • community need, purpose and outcomes
  • connection to the wider community
  • value for money
  • organisational capacity
  • financial need.

At any stage during the process, applicants may be contacted for clarification.

2022-2023 Funding Round Recipients

Applicant Funding Amount Project Description
Henley & Grange Sub-branch $1,000 Remembrance Day Service 2022
Royal Australian Regiment $572 Kapyong Commemorative Service
Vietnam Veterans Federation $980 Coral Balmoral Commemorative Service
Robe RSL $900 Vietnam Veterans’ Day Commemorative Service
Largs Bay RSL $825 Attendance at Vietnam Veterans’ Day Service – Western Region Vietnam Veterans

2021-2022 Funding Round Recipients

Applicant Funding Amount Project Description
Salisbury RSL Sub Branch $1,000 Contribution to Anzac Day Dawn service expenses – bathroom facilities, cool room, security
Mt Barker RSL Sub Branch $1,000 Hire of equipment for Anzac Day
Port Lincoln RSL Sub Branch $1,000 Media and broadcasting costs for Remembrance Day service
Vietnam Veterans Federation $800 Printing and hire of marquees for Coral Balmoral Commemorative Service
Tanunda RSL Sub Branch $1,000 Printing and advertising for Anzac Day Dawn Service
Air Force Association of SA $1,000 Hire of marquees & chairs for conducting Bomber Command Commemorative Service at Air Force Memorial