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Local community groups and organisations are being encouraged to seek Federal Government support for projects and activities that commemorate Australia’s service personnel.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has encouraged local groups, including Returned Service League sub-branches, to put their hand up for a share of the funding.

Mr Chester, who is also the Federal Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, said a number of local groups had successfully applied for funding in past rounds of the Saluting Their Service Community Commemorative Grants program.

“The objective of these community commemorative grants is to acknowledge and commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations,” Mr Chester said.

“The program is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people in a wide range of projects and activities that promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping our nation.

“This year is the final year of the Centenary of Anzac, Australia’s most important period of national remembrance, so now would be a particularly special time to hold a commemorative event.”
Funding applications close next year on March 26. Applications will be considered in three batches. The cut-off date to be considered in the first batch is July 3.

For further information, visit communitygrants.gov.au/grants/saluting-their-service-community-commemorative-grants.

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