ANZAC grants program opens

Central Coast residents are being encouraged to nominate projects which shine a light on the service of veterans for the Anzac Community Grants Program, with applications now open.

Minister for Veterans, Natalie Ward, said the program’s opening coincides with History Week and would promote awareness of veterans’ vital contribution.

“We’re looking to support projects which enrich communities and heighten understanding of our veterans’ efforts both past and present,” Ward said.

“Around 1,200 veterans transition into NSW communities from the Defence Force every year and we remain committed to supporting them after service.

“This is an opportunity to get projects off the ground, at a grassroots level across many communities.”

Applications are open to individuals and not-for-profit organisations, including local government authorities, ex-service organisations, non-Government organisations and educational institutions.

Grants cover four categories: local community historical research and education; preservation or display of war memorabilia; public commemorative events, arts and culture; and support to members of the NSW veteran community.

Last year more than 40 projects were selected, including a replica battlefield trench, a digital image gallery of 600 photos, and woodwork to preserve a living memorial.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said war memorials are not the only way we honour the service and sacrifice of veterans.

“It’s also through history projects, exhibitions and displays that we can provide an opportunity for people to remember,” he said.

“The Central Coast community is so proud of those who put their lives on the line to protect our way of life.

“I am encouraging organisations including Council, RSL Subbranches and education groups to apply for this funding opportunity from the NSW Government.

Grants of up to $2,000 per organisation are available and applications close on Remembrance Day, November 11.

For more information: – community-grants-program.

Terry Collins