Ahead of ANZAC Day, Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane announced $1.1 million will be distributed to 50 projects across the state through 3 grant programs. The programs are aimed at improving the lives of veterans and their families to make sure their contributions are remembered for years to come.
“We are ensuring veterans and their families have the assistance they need to build strong and successful lives after their service,” said Minister Leane.
The grants include $688,000 for 24 projects through the Veterans Capital Works Grant Program, which funds building improvements for not-for-profit and ex-service organisations delivering services to veterans and their families.
Through this program, Goorambat Veterans Retreat in Victoria’s north is receiving $50,000 to refurbish an old school building to create crisis accommodation for veterans and their families dealing with challenges such as financial hardship.
Eight projects will receive support through the Victoria Remembers Grant Program, which provides up to $30,000 to projects honouring veterans and educating Victorians about their contributions. Projects include an exhibition at the Shrine of Remembrance that will explore children’s experiences of war through the lens of popular culture.
The Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour grant program offers up to $50,000 to projects which restore or update war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour.
Among this year’s 18 recipients is the Oakleigh Carnegie RSL sub-branch, which will use funding to restore the Oakleigh Cenotaph, a focal point of local ANZAC and Remembrance Day services.
“These grants support local communities to remember and honour the service of our veterans,” Minister Leane said.
Find more information about grant programs for the veteran community on the Grants to support and commemorate veterans website.