Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that local community groups can now apply for $2,000 grants for projects supporting local veterans or boosting awareness of their role throughout Australia’s military history.
Mr Ward said that applications are now open for the Anzac Community Grants Program and urged local organisations to apply for funding.
“Veterans past and present served to keep us safe and this is a great chance to recognise their sacrifices, while enriching our communities,” he said.
“We’re seeking projects that not only recognise the important service of our veterans but also educates future generations about their sacrifices.”
Grants cover four categories: local community historical research and education; preservation or display of war memorabilia; public commemorative events, arts and culture; and support to members of the NSW veteran community.
“Applications are now open to individuals and not-for-profit organisations including local government authorities, non-government organisations, ex-service organisations and educational institutions,” Mr Ward said.
“Just over 40 projects were selected in 2020, including a replica battlefield trench for high school students, a digital gallery of 600 photos and beach lifesaving training.
“This is a great opportunity to get projects off the ground, at a grassroots level across our local communities.
“Our veteran community grows by around 1,200 former Australian Defence Force personnel every year and we need to empower them to live fulfilling lives after service,” Mr Ward said.
Applications can be submitted online until 5pm on Thursday 11th November 2021: veterans.nsw.gov.au/commemoration/anzac-community-grants-program.