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Grants open to honour the service of veterans in Western Victoria

The Andrews Government will help communities across Western Victoria commemorate the sacrifice of local veterans and educate the wider community about their service.

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced the opening of three veterans grant programs that will provide support for local projects.

Local residents in Western Victoria are encouraged to apply for the following grant programs:

· Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour – supports communities to ensure local war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour are restored to their original condition or improved to reflect the service history of the local community. Grants of up to $30,000 per project are available.

· Victoria Remembers Major Grants – supports projects or activities that commemorate wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Victorians have served. Grants of between $30,000 and $80,000 are available for projects with significant commemorative or educational benefit for Victoria’s diverse community.

· Anzac Centenary Community Grants – supports projects that leave a lasting legacy for future generations of those who served in World War One, both overseas and on the home front. Grants of up to $20,000 per project are available.

Ms Pulford said applications for each grant program close on the 12th of February, 2018.

“Communities across Western Victoria are proud of their wartime legacy and this is one way of honouring our brave local servicemen and women,” Ms Pulford said.

“I encourage locals in Western Victoria to consider applying for these grants and help give our veterans the support and tribute they deserve,” she said.

“People considering an application are welcome to contact my office on 5332-2405 to arrange a letter of support,” Ms Pulford said.

To apply or for more information on these and other veteran grant opportunities visit: www.veterans.vic.gov.au/grants.

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