Centenary Local Grants Program funding increased to $125,000
Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP has today announced local funding for the Federal Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program (ACLGP) has increased to $125,000.
Mr van Manen believes the Centenary of Anzac will be the most significant national period of commemoration in our nation’s history.
“The Coalition Government has increased funding available for Forde by $25,000, ensuring that the local community will have up to $125,000 available to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac,” said Mr van Manen.
This increase will ensure that local community-based events are at the heart of the nation’s commemorative activities.
“It is important that our community works together to ensure that we pay appropriate tribute to those locals who answered the call to serve their nation, along with many who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our values and beliefs.”
“The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is an integral part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to local commemorations in Forde and will give the local community the opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice of our ANZAC’s.”
“There are many different ways this can be done – from traditional dawn services and marches of veterans, through to re-enactments of recruiting marches, school-based education programmes, refurbishing of memorials and honour boards, and the establishment of new places of commemoration and reflection,” he said.
The Anzac Centenary Community Grants Committee formed in Forde will assess applications for funding and make recommendations about projects to be submitted to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for consideration.
The closing date to receive applications has been extended. Applications must be received by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs no later than 30 May 2014.
“I will ask the Committee to do everything it can to ensure that the allocated funding is shared between as many groups and commemorative events as possible,” said Mr van Manen.
“I look forward to working with the community to deliver commemorations that will honour our nation’s centenary of service, and mark the nation-defining events of the Centenary of Anzac, in ways that we can all be proud of.”