The Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) helps to conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW to support community commemoration. The program is administered by the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs (OVA) and applications are assessed by the State War Memorials Committee. CWMF grants have been provided for a range of war memorials, including statues, memorial gates, honour rolls, memorial halls and avenues of honour.
War memorials have special significance for many individuals and groups in the community. For this reason, consult with your local council, local RSL sub-branch and the memorial's owner/custodian for permission before submitting an application. If your application is successful you are responsible for obtaining any relevant council and heritage approvals before beginning work.
Best practice heritage conservation
Any work to a war memorial must:
Applicants to the Community War Memorials Fund are expected to seek conservation advice from a qualified specialist before planning any physical work to a memorial.
A principle of conservation is that work to significant places should be based on a proper understanding of their importance and their condition. This is particularly important for older memorials such as those from the Boer War, First World War and Second World War.
The specialist advice you seek for your project should include the following:
Your local council’s heritage advisor may be able to provide the above advice. He/she may also be able to undertake a condition assessment of your memorial and provide recommendations for appropriate conservation work.
The Community War Memorials Fund can award funding to pay for specialist heritage advice. If you do not have access to specialist heritage advice for your project, you should first submit a Community War Memorials Fund application for funding to have a condition assessment of your memorial undertaken. Once you have had a condition assessment undertaken, you would be able to reapply to the Community War Memorials Fund for funding to undertake physical work according to the assessor’s recommendations.
The CWMF provides grants of up to $10,000 (excluding GST). Grant rounds are generally oversubscribed and not all applications are successful. Even if your application is successful, you may not be awarded the entire amount requested. Therefore, it is helpful if you are able to secure other sources of funding to support your CWMF application. The State War Memorials Committee may consider your application favourably if you have secured other funding contributions for your project as this demonstrates that your project has strong support.
1. Applications must be for an existing war memorial commemorating Australia's military heritage and the war memorial must be located within the State of NSW or, if located outside NSW, be of direct and substantial relevance to the State.
2. The definition of a "memorial" includes public monuments, memorial places, landscaped spaces, buildings, sculptures, trees and avenues as well as indoor fixtures such as honour boards, plaques, busts or bas-relief sculptures.
3. An application may be made by any organisation, provided the owner or custodian of the memorial, local RSL sub-branch and local council support the bid, where applicable.
4. Before applying to the Community War Memorials Fund the memorial must first be recorded on the NSW War Memorials Register.
5. Applications must be for the repair, protection and/or conservation of existing memorials.
Applications for maintenance to or the replacement of flagpoles will generally not be considered.
6. The maximum Community War Memorials Fund grant for any one application will ordinarily be $10,000 (excluding GST), unless extraordinary circumstances prevail or a memorial of state or national significance is considered to be at risk.
Grants for work to improve accessibility are capped at $2,000.
7. Applications relating to memorials located on either private or public property are eligible for funding, however the memorial must have a public function and be accessible to the public.
8. The State War Memorials Committee will announce grants biannually, with applications closing on Anzac Day and on Remembrance Day. However, the Committee may make extraordinary grants as circumstances require.
9. Applications to fund work that has commenced or has already been completed are not eligible.
10. The State War Memorials Committee may in extraordinary circumstances approve applications that do not meet all of the above criteria.
For further information please contact the Office for Veterans Affairs by phone on (02) 8061 9288 or email at VeteransGrants@veterans.nsw.gov.au