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$25,000 BOOST TO ANZAC CENTENARY PROJECTS PROGRAM

October 31, 2013

An extra $25,000 will support efforts by Gippsland community groups to develop projects which commemorate the 100th anniversary of ANZAC Day.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the additional funding takes the total grant pool for the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program to $125,000.

Mr Chester is co-ordinating the program in conjunction with the ANZAC Centenary Community Grants Committee for Gippsland and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

He has welcomed the extra funding and said it would bolster local commemorations for the service and sacrifice of Australian service men and women in World War I.

“The extra $25,000 in funding for this program is a fantastic boost to our local ANZAC centenary commemorations,” Mr Chester said.

“The program is a great opportunity for local community groups to commemorate a significant event in our nation’s history and additional funding will help support more projects put forward by local community organisations, schools and historical groups.

Mr Chester said there would also be an extension to the closing date for applications with submissions to be forwarded to his office by February 28, 2014.

“My office has already received a number of applications and there is an extension to allow more local projects to be submitted,” Mr Chester said.

“But I do encourage interested groups to make their submissions as early as possible so that they can be assessed and forwarded to the Department for consideration in a timely manner ahead of this important event.”

Application forms for the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program can be found online at www.anzaccentenary.gov.au/grants

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

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