Veterans to benefit from latest round of community grants

Kitchen refurbishments, installation of disabled amenities and bus trips to reduce social isolation are some of the projects to receive about $320,000 in funding as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Stuart Robert, announced today.

"Funding provided under the Veteran and Community Grants program continues to help ex-service organisations provide high quality services and support to the veteran and defence community and their families," Mr Robert said.

"It will enrich the lives of Australian veterans and their families and help them,especially the elderly, to remain independent, healthy and active and help reduce social isolation, especially for those who may live alone.

"This round of 20 grants will fund a diverse range of projects and equipment needed by the veteran and defence community who provide a central hub of support, recreation and comradeship for so many of our current and former servicemen and women and their families."

Ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups, private organisations and projects that promote improved independence and quality of life for veterans are eligible for funding through the Veteran and Community Grants program. F

or more information or to apply visit the DVA website (www.dva.gov.au/grants). Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling.

Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546)


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