Anzac Centenary

Worldwide commemorations marking the centenary of the First World War started on 4 August 2014 and will continue until 2018. For Australians the Anzac Centenary will be one of the most significant commemorations to take place in the lives of current generations.

The Anzac Centenary Advisory Board determined that the Anzac Centenary should focus on the centenary of the First World War and a Century of Service—commemorating more than a century of service and sacrifice by the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, Australia and its allies during war and on peacekeeping operations.

The Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund will provide $4 million over four years to support the development, production, presentation, exhibition or performance of arts and culture projects that interpret, explore and contribute to the Anzac story and the Anzac legacy.

Projects supported through the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund will give Australians the chance to express their own history of service and sacrifice  and explore how this service and sacrifice shaped our nation. Artistic expression will convey many themes, stories, reflections and messages about Australia's experiences of war at home and abroad in powerful and diverse ways.

Sir Jonathan Mills AO will provide creative leadership of the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, which will be delivered through two affiliated funding streams.

  1. Production and Commissioning Fund
    $2 million will support a range of projects with an emphasis on national and regional collaboration and reach through the Production and Commissioning Fund.

    Projects must be collaborative and have broad geographical reach to be considered. This means a project should be accessible across state borders, or at a minimum in a number of locations in a single state or territory. If your project does not meet this criterion, you may like to consider applying for the Public Grants Program.
  1. Public Grants Program
    $2 million through an open public grants program will provide funding to individuals, organisations and groups for commemorative arts and culture projects that engage local communities, particularly in regional Australia. The Public Grants Program will give communities an opportunity to access and contribute to quality arts and cultural activities that commemorate the Anzac Centenary. This includes projects that focus on Australia's service and sacrifice following the First World War, to cover a century of service and sacrifice by Australian men and women.

Further information

For more information on the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, please contact the Ministry for the Arts by emailing or phoning 02 6271 7167.