The Andrews Labor Government and Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney is inviting local organisations that support veterans to apply now for grants of up to $200,000 to spruce up their buildings and facilities.
Ms Tierney said the new funding round for the Veterans Capital Works Grant Program would help eligible organisations fund facility improvements, so they can provide better support and services to their members.
Any organisations in Western Victoria that support veterans and their families are welcome to apply, such as ex-service organisations, local government and not-for-profit groups.
The funding could be used for renovation projects that provide all abilities access, improve community access or upgrade memorial halls.
Interested organisations can apply for up to $50,000 through the Veterans Minor Capital Works Grant Program or up to $200,000 through the Veterans Major Capital Works Grant Program.
The grant funding is a new initiative which was announced by the Labor Government in the 2018/19 Victorian Budget. The first round of funding was run last year, with an allocation of $1 million awarded to 20 organisations.
Previous successful grant applications included:
- $180,000 to Colac RSL Club for the installation of a lift and provision of better community areas for veterans
- $100,000 to RSL (Victorian Branch) to refurbish lifts at ANZAC House
- $44,000 to The Legacy Club of Shepparton to refurbish Legacy House
Grant applications close on Thursday 4 July 2019. Visit veterans.vic.gov.au/grants for further information or to apply.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Western Victoria has many veterans who have served us proud. I want our veterans to have the support they deserve.”
“Some buildings used by veteran organisations could do with an upgrade to make them more accessible, more sustainable or better fit for purpose.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Robin Scott
“We’re investing in veterans organisations because veterans deserve our support – something as simple as modern lifts or as vital as all abilities access could make a huge difference.”
“This is a great way for organisations to boost their facilities and improve the services they provide to our valued veterans – I encourage all eligible groups to apply.”