Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester has announced more than $390,000 worth of grants in the latest round of the Veteran and Community Grants Program.
Minister Chester said the 33 grants from this round would directly benefit veterans and their families
"The government is putting veterans and their families first and provides more than $11.2 billion each year to deliver the essential services and programs they can rely on," he said.
The 33 grants provided to organisations helping veterans in the community will mean that close to 100 grants totalling more than $1 million would be allocated this year.
"This round of funding will assist in reducing social isolation by providing a series of bus trips, upgrading facilities ensuring a safe environment for members, providing first aid training for volunteers and purchasing IT equipment to produce newsletters," Minister Chester added.
The Veteran and Community Grants program will continue to assess applications in batches throughout the year. For more information on the program, visit the Community Grants Hub.
"I would like to congratulate all successful applicants and thank them for the continued support in helping the men and women who served in the defence of our nation," he said.
The Australian government has invited organisations through an open non-competitive process to apply for grant funding under the Veteran and Community Grants Program from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.
The objective of the program is to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by providing funding for projects that support activities and services to sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.
The expected outcomes of the program are to:
- Deliver projects that are sustainable, financially viable and have an ongoing benefit for members of the veteran community; and
- Deliver projects that increase opportunities for members of the veteran community, associated with social activity and community participation and/or improve health behaviours and support healthy places.
"The government is putting veterans and their families first and provides more than $11.2 billion each year to deliver the essential services and programs they can rely on," Minister Chester said.