Teddy Sheean VC Memorial Grants Program 2021-22 Round Two

Status: OPEN

Applications open on Monday, 17 January 2022 and close at 3:00 pm on Monday, 7 March 2022.

The details of the successful applicants will be made publicly available at www.communities.tas.gov.au. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a letter advising they have been unsuccessful, with details of how to request feedback on their application.


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 will provide funds to Tasmanian ex-service organisations and clubs for minor capital works and 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 is responsible for administering the Program. For the 2021-22 Program, funding is administered in two grant rounds of equal value ($50 000 per round), subject to demand.

Funding Availability

The total funding pool for Round Two is $50 000.

  • Grants of up to $10 000 are available for minor capital works and/or refurbishment.
  • Grants of up to $5 000 are available for equipment purchases.
  • Grants of up to $5 000 are available for welfare initiatives.
  • Grants of up to $5 000 are available for the repair and maintenance of existing war memorials, and the construction of new memorials.

Applicants are requested to indicate on their application whether they will accept partial funding.

Applicants may only apply for funding for one project.

Eligible Organisations

Minor capital works and equipment purchase

Open to RSL clubs, RSL sub-branches, and ex-service clubs and organisations.

Welfare Initiatives

Open to RSL clubs, RSL sub-branches, ex-service clubs and organisations (note, for-profit organisations and businesses can only apply for funds that will directly support veterans.  Grant funds cannot be used to pay for salaries or other operational expenses).

War Memorials – Repair, maintenance and construction

Open to RSL clubs, RSL sub-branches, and ex-service clubs and organisations.

Open to not-for-profit organisations, local councils and schools.

  • These organisations must demonstrate that they are responsible for the maintenance of the memorial, and do not have a dedicated source of funding to undertake repairs; and
  • Higher priority will be given to organisations that demonstrate support (such as a letter of support) for the project from an RSL or ex-service organisation.

Not-for-profit organisations must be incorporated.

Those that are not incorporated may also apply, but must be sponsored by an incorporated organisation. In this instance, the application must include written confirmation from the sponsoring organisation that it will accept the relevant administration, legal and financial responsibilities for the grant.

Guidelines and Online Application Form

Applicants should read and understand the program Guidelines prior to applying.

How to Apply: Applications can be submitted via the online Application form found here.

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.