Celebrating our veterans thanks to community grants

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Veterans are set to be celebrated across the Hunter thanks to new funding.

The ANZAC Community Grants Program aims to give support to organisations working to improve the wellbeing of veterans. 

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack said that local groups could receive up to $2,000 to “commence, enhance or complete a local community project as part of a commemorative and educational program”.

“The current and former servicemen and servicewomen in our community deserve to be recognised for their immense contribution to our country,” Ms Cusack said.

“Funding is available to individuals and not-for-profit organisations across the Hunter, including educational institutions, ex-service organisations, community groups, local government associations, museums and historical societies.”

Ms Cusack hoped local schools would apply for the grant.

“Many have honour rolls and/or memorials to students who have served and they may need some maintenance or enhancing – it’s a great opportunity to check on those,” she said.

“Today’s young people are experiencing a different form of stress due to the pandemic.

“It is impacting their education, their housing their opportunities in life – and we know an increasing number are overwhelmed by uncertainty.

“Meeting veterans, being inspired by their stories and connecting with their resilience can only benefit these young Australians.”

Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said the program provides community groups relief at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has increased pressure on fundraising.

“Feelings of isolation are heightened because of this pandemic so we want to assist projects which enrich the lives of our veterans as well as increase the appreciation of military service personnel,” Mr Lee said.

“Groups are also encouraged to apply for grants for public commemorative events including virtual services, projects which either enhance local historical research and education or preserve and display war memorabilia.”

Applications for the grant program will close at 5pm on Remembrance Day, Wednesday 11 November.

For more information go to the Veteran NSW website or call 1300 838 233.

-Calum Thomson

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