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Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull, discusses with Stratford RSL Sub Branch Vice President John Harrap and Secretary Michael Hutchison their plans for building improvements.
Ex-service organisations, local government and not-for-profit groups who support veterans and their families can now apply for funding through the Veterans Capital Works Grants Program to improve their buildings and facilities.
Gippsland East Nationals MP and Shadow Minister for Veterans, Tim Bull, is encouraging eligible groups and organisations to consider submitting an application, with grants of up to $200,000 available.
Funding can be used for renovation projects that provide all abilities access, improved community access or upgraded 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.
“While this is a great opportunity for groups in East Gippsland to receive financial support to help support our local veterans and their families, the requirement for a co contribution to the major grants will put it out of reach for some,” said Mr Bull.
“For example, last year I announced that an elected Liberal Nationals government would provide a no strings attached grant of $100,000 for urgently needed improvements to Stratford’s ageing RSL facilities for accessible toilets, upgraded flooring, relocating the front entrance and making the building more accessible.
“Stratford RSL is not able to afford a significant co contribution and I have asked that the Veterans Affairs Minister either matches the undertaking I made prior to the last state election or grants Stratford RSL an exemption from this requirement.
“Despite these shortcomings, I would encourage all eligible groups to access the guidelines.”
Grant applications will close on Thursday, 4 July 2019.
Visit veterans.vic.gov.au/grants for information on the grant guidelines and an application form.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019