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Grants available for veteran community

Daniel Bouwmeester    January 12, 2024    3 min read   

Applications are now open for local community groups and ex-service organisations to apply for two types of funding to support the veteran community.

The Veteran Wellbeing Grants program invites ex-service organisations to apply for grants up to $150,000 to develop community-based projects that support the wellbeing of veterans and families.

This program seeks to fund initiatives that provide safe, accessible environments as well as the enhancement of social connections to improve wellbeing.

Applications for this round of Veteran Wellbeing Grants close on January 23.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=4bffed1f-cfa5-472b-a94a-372e37527797.

The Saluting Their Service commemorative grants program supports the commemoration of Australian veterans and their families.

Community grants up to $10,000 and major grants up to $150,000 are on offer, with previous successful projects ranging from memorial walls and flagpole installations to video documentaries and solar light fittings.

Applications for this round of Saluting Their Service grants close on February 6.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=9093660b-c6f3-4c87-b179-81493fb54ed8.

Real benefits

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said Veteran Wellbeing Grants were an opportunity for the Government to work hand-in-hand with ex-service organisations across the country to support projects that delivered real benefits.

“It’s so important that the service and sacrifice of our veterans is acknowledged,” Mr Keogh said.

“Saluting their Service commemorative grants support local communities, through ex-service organisations, schools, community groups and councils, to continue to discover their military history.”

Blair MP Shayne Neumann said the federal government was committed to delivering the best possible services and supports to defence personnel, veterans and their families.

“Ex-service organisations provide essential supports for so many veterans and families in our community,” Mr Neumann said.

“I’m very pleased that the Albanese Labor Government can support their work via the Saluting Their Service and Veteran Wellbeing Grants programs.

“I know there are any number of deserving potential projects, both big and small, across Ipswich, the Somerset Region and Karana Downs area, so I really encourage local organisations to put their pitches forward before applications close.”

Ipswich RSL Sub Branch President Paul Rogers, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh, and Blair MP Shayne Neumann inspect the Ipswich Memorial Gardens upgrade last year, a previous Saluting Their Service commemorative grant recipient.

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.