THE centenary of the First World War (1914-1918) and the start of the ANZAC legend will be coming up next year. A key element of the Australian Government’s ANZAC centenary celebrations is the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program. Under the program, funding of up to $100,000 is available in each of the 150 federal electorates to support projects and events commemorating the involvement, service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in the First World War.
Types of projects eligible under the program include:
Public commemorations of important military anniversaries, enlistments and other First World War events that have had a significant impact on the local community;
New or restored First World War memorials or honour boards;
The preservation, interpretation and display of First World War wartime and military memorabilia and artefacts;
School projects or videos focusing on locals who went to the war.
The deadline for applications is November 29, with applicants invited to send their submissions to their local federal electorate office.
The following are invited to apply:
Community and ex-service organisations;
Schools and other educational institutions;
Museums and cultural institutions
Local government authorities;
Other non-profit community organisations.
Individuals are not eligible to apply for funding under the program unless supported by an eligible organisation or institution.
The federal member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent, has established a committee of 12 community representatives to assess the applications. They will be responsible for assessing the applications under a strict set of criteria. These and other details about the grants program can be viewed on the ANZAC Centenary website. Last week the committee met in the RSL clubrooms at Foster. Mr Broadbent said a number of local organisations have already shown keen interest in the grants, but more applications are welcome until the deadline of November 29.
Applications are available from Department of Veterans Affairs offices around Australia (freecall 1800 026 185), DVA and ANZAC Centenary websites and from the offices of federal MPs, including Russell Broadbent, Member for McMillan at 46C Albert Street, Warragul 3820. Ph. 5623 2064.