Steph Cooke and Members of the Grenfell RSL stand in front of the Grenfell Second World War Memorial on a sunny day.
Steph Cooke and Members of the Grenfell RSL at the Grenfell Second World War Memorial

RSLs and schools in the Cootamundra electorate are amongst a range of community organisations eligible to apply for NSW Government funding to deliver projects that improve veteran wellbeing and celebrate their important contributions to society.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the Anzac Community Grants Program provides organisations up to $2,000 to commence, enhance or complete a local community project as part of a commemorative and educational program.

“We owe the current and former servicemen and servicewomen in our community an immense debt, and they deserve to be recognised for what they have done for our country,” Ms Cooke said.

“Funding is available to individuals and not-for-profit organisations across the Cootamundra electorate, including educational institutions, ex-service organisations, community groups, local government associations, museums and historical societies.

“I encourage organisations to apply for a grant and show their support for our veterans.”

Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said the program provides relief to community groups at a time when fundraising is challenging.

“Feelings of isolation are heightened because of this pandemic so we want to assist projects which enrich the lives of our veterans as well as increase the appreciation of military service personnel,” Mr Lee said.

“Groups are also encouraged to apply for grants for public commemorative events including virtual services, projects which either enhance local historical research and education or preserve and display war memorabilia.”

Last year, $50,000 from the Anzac Community Grants Programwas shared between 38 projects.

Applications for the grant program will close at 5pm on Remembrance Day, Wednesday 11 November.

For more information visit www.veterans.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 838 233.