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Monday, June 17, 2024

New Victorian veterans funds open for applications

The Victorian Government has today announced the opening of applications for two programs offering wellbeing supports to the state’s war veterans.

Victorian Minister for Veterans, Natalie Suleyman said the Veterans Capital Works program gives local organisations funding to upgrade their buildings and facilities, for Victoria’s veterans. Interested organisations can apply for grants from $5,000 up to $50,000 for projects that can be completed within a year.

This program has supported 55 projects since 2021 to complete building and facility upgrades, including Paynesville RSL Sub-Branch which received $50,000 to upgrade their club building.

“These grants provide organisations with support for their work honouring and supporting the veteran community and deliver meaningful projects right across the State,” said Ms Suleyman.

Applications have also opened for the Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour program, which provides grants of up to $30,000 for projects that restore community war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour. Applications for this program will close on January 29th, 2024.

The Anzac Day Proceeds Fund supports ex-service organisations to deliver a range of activities that boost the wellbeing of veterans, with 19 organisations supported to continue their work delivering important services to veterans and their families.

Inverloch RSL Sub-Branch has been awarded $36,000 for the health and wellbeing of its veterans by initiating a program at the Broadbeach Inverloch Health Centre, engaging veterans with physical activity at a local gym.  

Grants have also been awarded to 27 projects through the Victoria Remembers grant program, which provides grants of up to $30,000 for projects that honour veterans’ service or educate Victorians on veterans’ contributions.

Ararat Legacy has been awarded a grant for the “Legacy in Schools” program, which includes the  ANZAC Trip to the Shrine of Remembrance and Legacy Junior Public Speaking Awards, in partnership with regional schools Ararat Marian, Stawell, Lake Bolac, Beaufort Secondary Colleges and Avoca Primary School.

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