Grants boost for projects honouring veterans

Tuesday, 07 September 2021

Applications for the 2021 Anzac Community Grants Program are now open and offer small grants for projects that commemorate current and former military servicemen and women.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, said that the program plays a critical role in commemoration and educating the community on Australia’s strong and longstanding military history.

“The St George region is renowned for our patriotism and compassion towards those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in representing our nation at war,” Mr Coure said.

“Our local area is home to one of the most thriving and wide-reaching networks of organisations that honour veterans and those currently serving. Whether it is through involvement in our local RSL Sub-branches or the Riverwood Hornets, local residents are proud to honour and educate themselves on our local military history.”

Minister for Veterans, Natalie Ward, said the program’s opening coincides with History Week and would promote awareness of our veterans’ vital contribution.

“We are looking to support projects which enrich communities and heighten understanding of our veterans’ efforts both past and present,” Minister Ward said.

“Around 1,200 veterans transition into NSW communities from the Defence Force every year and we remain committed to supporting them after their service.”

Applications are open to individuals and not for profit organisations, including local Government authorities, ex-service organisations, non-Government organisations and educational institutions.

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.

Last year more than 40 projects were selected, including a replica battlefield trench, a digital image gallery of 600 photos, and woodwork to preserve a living memorial.
Grants of up to $2,000 per organisation are available and applications close on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2021.

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(Photo taken prior to COVID restrictions).