War Memorial Hall, Wilson Drive, Hill Top, NSW
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user: Bluedawe

The New South Wales Government established the Community War Memorials Fund to help protect and conserve war memorials across New South Wales.

Since the establishment of the program in 2008, grants have been provided for a wide range of projects including honour roll repair, war memorial cleaning and conservation work, arborist advice for war memorial trees, memorial conservation assessments, security measures for memorials, repairs to war memorial halls and improvements to the accessibility of memorials.

In 2016 over $124,000 was granted to seventeen different organisations. Councils, community groups, RSLs and more have all benefited from the funding, as have the general public in being able to commemorate those from the state in a fitting manner.

Applications for the New South Wales Community War Memorials Fund for 2017 are now open and close on Anzac Day, 25 April 2017.

For those who are interested in more information, please read through the Information for Applicants and the Caring for our War Memorials Guide before applying. These documents provide advice on eligibility, appropriate approaches to conserving war memorials, who you should talk to before applying and co-contributions to projects.

To you can download and complete the application form (available in MS Word and PDF formats). Applications can be submitted by email to VeteranGrants@dpc.nsw.gov.au or post to:

Veterans’ Affairs
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 5341
Sydney NSW 2001

Grants will be considered by a State War Memorials Committee, which will assess the applications. The committee is comprised of senior representatives of the Returned and Services League of Australia NSW Branch, Public Works Advisory, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Veterans’ Affairs.

For more information on the Community War Memorials Fund click here.