October 8, 2013

Community organisations, schools and historical groups have just over a month left to apply to the $100,000 ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program.

Federal Member for Gippsland and Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Darren Chester said applications to the program would close on November 30, 2013.

He said the program offered funding support for projects which commemorated the service and sacrifice of Australian service men and women in World War I.

“The ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program is a great opportunity for local community groups to commemorate a significant event in our nation’s history,” Mr Chester said.

“Every year on ANZAC Day, hundreds of thousands of Australians pay tribute to the sacrifice, bravery and spirit of those who have lost their lives in battle as well as those who have served and returned, or remain involved, in conflict and peacekeeping missions.

“There have already been a number of local RSLs and community groups register their interest in the program but time is running out for applications to be received.”

Mr Chester said the ANZAC Centenary Community Grants Committee for Gippsland would assess applications for funding and make recommendations about projects to be submitted to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for consideration.

“The committee’s role will be to ensure that proposals meet the eligibility and assessment criteria and that they represent community views,” Mr Chester said.

“I welcome all applications and encourage anybody seeking further information to contact my office.”

Application forms for the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program can be found online at

Mr Chester’s office can be contacted on 1300 131 785.

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