ANZAC Community Grants Programme Open

Member for Baulkham Hills, David Elliott, has announced that applications are now open for the Anzac Community Grants Programme.

 ”The Anzac Community Grants Programme assists young people and migrant communities in developing a greater understanding of the Anzac story and the sacrifices made by Australians in war, conflict and peacekeeping.” Mr Elliott said.

 ”With the Centenary of ANZAC fast approaching, it is important to ensure this pivotal aspect of Australia’s history is commemorated appropriately.”

 Castle Hill RSL Sub-branch President Don Tait said the Anzac Community Grants Programme comprises a youth component and a multicultural component.

 “It is important that we teach the next generation the value of the ANZAC legend and the values and freedoms they fought and died for.” Mr Tait said.

 Applications are invited for grants of up to $5,000 from ex-service organisations, community groups, schools and other educational institutions, local government, museums or historical societies. 

 Applications must be able to demonstrate how they promote understanding and recognition of the Anzac legacy and must provide benefits to young people under the age of 25 or a particular multicultural group.

 Further examples of activities that may meet the grant criteria are:

  • Local schools researching former students who were Anzac diggers and sharing their knowledge with the community;
  • Aboriginal organisations working with Aboriginal youth to research Aboriginal involvement in Australia’s wartime history and promoting greater recognition of Aboriginal service;
  • Local RSLs training veterans to visit primary schools and high schools to present age and curriculum appropriate presentations;
  • Ethnic community organisations seeking to partner with host ex-service organisations laying wreaths on Anzac Day.  

 Applications close in February 2014.

 For more information about the Anzac Community Grants Programme, including criteria and how to apply, please visit http://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/ or contact Ms Maret Hegh on (02) 9266 8913.