p>The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today announced funding to support local health and wellbeing projects that would enhance the lives of Australia’s veteran community.
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
7 January 2011
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today announced funding to support local health and wellbeing projects that would enhance the lives of Australia’s veteran community.
“I am pleased to announce that $750,354 in Australian Government funding will support 58 projects across Australia in the third round of the 2010-2011 Veteran & Community Grants program,” Mr Snowdon said.
Mr Snowdon said the Veteran & Community Grants program helps to fund projects in communities across Australia that benefit veterans, war widows and widowers and their families by supporting a range of initiatives including exercise, nutrition and social activities.
“This funding will improve access to community services, encourage social interaction and, ultimately, enrich the lives of Australia’s veteran community.
“Veteran & Community Grants also help veteran organisations to continue their invaluable work in the community by funding the establishment and specific activities of Day Clubs, equipment for Men’s Sheds, or travel costs for social excursions.
“In this round grants ranged from $50,000 to help install a new community kitchen in Murray Bridge, SA, to $5,000 to support the Pingelly Men’s Shed in WA.
“It is important that the veteran community has access to a range of programs where they can learn skills to help them remain independent and active, particularly for the elderly living by themselves,” Mr Snowdon said.
Since Labor took office, 760 organisations have benefited from more than $9.7 million in funding through Veteran & Community Grants.
Veteran & Community Grants are available to ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups and private organisations to assist with funding projects that contribute to the health and welfare of the veteran community.
Applications for the next round of grants close on 22 January 2011. Local and community organisations interested in applying for funding are encouraged to visit www.dva.gov.au/grantsor contact their nearest DVA office on 133 254 (for metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (for non-metropolitan callers).
PDF Version of this release with a full list of grant recipients can be found at: http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases.htm
Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203