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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

MEDIA RELEASE

5 November 2019

Local communities benefit from funding boost for commemorative grants

COMMUNITIES nationwide will be better placed to commemorate those who have served our nation with an additional $10 million provided for the Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Federal Government is delivering on its election commitment, which will see additional funding allocated over the next four years to continue honouring the service and sacrifice of those who have served our country.

“With Remembrance Day next week and a number of key Second World War anniversaries in the coming years, the Government is ensuring communities across Australia can appropriately show their respect and recognition,” Mr Chester said.

“Projects funded through the STS grants program ensure communities can recognise the service and sacrifice of those who have served, while also educating future generations about those who gave so much for our country.

“As the Anzac Centenary period has officially ended, the STS guidelines will shift focus to wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations more aligned with the Second World War and beyond. Eligible projects may also include documentaries and digital projects such as digital honour rolls and podcasts, as well as additions to existing memorials.

“We want to involve people across the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women. This is just another way the Government is saying thank you for your service and putting veterans and their families first, and I encourage organisations across the nation to review the new guidelines and to apply for a grant.”

The STS Grants Program is aimed at acknowledging and commemorating those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations Funding for STS Community Grants will increase from $4,000 to $10,000 and funding of between $10,001 and $150,000 will be available for STS Major Grants for projects of national, state or territory and/or regional significance.

The new guidelines come into effect on 7 November 2019. For more information about the new guidelines, or to apply for a Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grant, visit the Community Grants Hub or GrantConnect web sites.

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