The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan announced today the Australian Government would provide $7.5 million in grant funding for community activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 2018.
Mr Tehan said the Armistice Centenary Grants Program would provide $50,000 to every electorate in Australia for communities to mark the centenary of the Armistice in a locally significant way.
“Australia paid a heavy price for its involvement in the First World War in terms of lives lost and casualties; more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 were wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner,” Mr Tehan said.
“The First World War had a significant impact on our country that is still felt today, not least the birth of the Anzacs and the Anzac spirit.
“The Armistice Centenary Grants Program will ensure the memory of those who gave so much in defence of our values and freedom live on.
“I encourage all Australians to contact their local Member of Parliament (MP) with proposals.”
Each MP will seek expressions of interest within their local community and applications will be assessed by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to ensure they meet grants eligibility and assessment criteria.
MPs will be required to consult community organisations or create a Community Consultation Committee to get the community’s views on how best to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.
Applications open on 11 November 2017 and close on 28 February 2018. More information is available at the DVA website or by calling 1800 555 254.
Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6466
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.