Teddy Sheean VC Memorial Grants Program 2020-21 Round 2

Status: CLOSED

Applications closed at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Overview

The Teddy Sheean VC Memorial Grants Program honours the sacrifice made by Edward 'Teddy' Sheean VC, as a representative of the many Tasmanians who gave their lives selflessly for others in the defence of our country during World War Two.

In June 1942 Teddy began his service as an Oerlikon anti-aircraft gunner on the newly commissioned corvette, HMAS Armidale. On 1 December 1942, Armidale was hit by two aircraft-launched torpedoes and began to sink. Sheean was wounded but rather than abandon ship, he strapped himself to his Oerlikon and began to engage the attacking aircraft as the ship sunk beneath him. He shot down two planes and crewmates recall seeing tracer rising from beneath the surface as Sheean was dragged under the water, firing until the end. He died aged 18 years. Only 49 of the 149 men on board survived the attack and subsequent ordeal on rafts and in life boats. Many consider that Sheean's actions deserved the Victoria Cross.

The Teddy Sheean VC Memorial Grants Program (the Grants Program) will provide funds to Tasmanian ex-service organisations and clubs for minor capital works, equipment purchases and welfare initiatives for veterans. Funds are also available to a range of organisations for the repair and maintenance of war memorials, and for the construction of new memorials in Tasmania.

Communities, Sport and Recreation (CSR) in the Department of Communities Tasmania will administer the Grants Program. For the 2020-21 Grants Program, funding will be administered in two grant rounds of equal value ($50 000 per round), subject to demand.

Outcomes of funding for successful applications will be provided in May 2021.

Previous Grant Recipients

Previous successful applicants for Teddy Sheean VC Memorial Grants Program may be viewed here.

For further information, please contact Communities, Sport and Recreation by email at csrgrants@communities.tas.gov.au or phone on 1800 204 224.