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Grants to empower communities to commemorate Armistice Centenary

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Big crowd of people rising arms and expressing their joy because of the end of the war.

Crowds in Sydney celebrate the end of the war on Armistice Day. AWMH11563

The Armistice Centenary Grants Program will provide $7.5 million in funding across Australia to enable communities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

With applications now open for community-driven activities, eligible organisations are encouraged to contact their local MPs to determine the closing date for expressions of interest in their area.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the program would provide up to $50,000 to every electorate in Australia, with grants of between $3,000 and $50,000 available to applicants.

‘Australia paid a heavy price for its involvement in the First World War in terms of lives lost and casualties; more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 were wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner,’ Mr Tehan said.

‘The First World War impacted on every city, suburb, town and rural centre in Australia. The Armistice Centenary Grants Program will ensure that the memories of those who gave so much in defence of our values and freedom live on.’ 

Grant applications will be assessed by DVA to ensure they meet grants eligibility and assessment criteria.

A community consultation committee will be established in each electorate to assist local MPs in seeking their community’s views on how to best commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice.

The Centenary of the Armistice marks the end of the Centenary of Anzac period (2014–18) – Australia’s most important period of national commemoration.

More information on the Armistice Centenary Grants Program is available on the DVA website or by calling 1800 555 254.

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