Members of the ex-service community in Griffith will benefit with the Carina Men’s Shed receiving funding through the latest round of the Australian Government’s Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program, announced Friday.
Senator Amanda Stoker today announced that the Carina Men’s Shed will receive $78,485 for programs aimed at assisting veterans, their families and carers.
“In Griffith there are more than 1,500 veterans and their families, and it its programs such as this that will help them to continue to live a health and independent lifestyle—something of incredible importance with the current coronavirus pandemic,” Senator Stoker said.
“This funding not only supports local veterans and their families, but has a growing effect within our communities, by supporting local employment and businesses.
“Congratulations to the Carina Men’s Shed and thank you for the ongoing support that you offer to the veteran community.”
The V&CG program aims to help local ex-service organisations, veterans groups, community and private organisations deliver projects that promote a healthy and independent lifestyle.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said these programs, which are provided through local organisations, are an important factor in ensuring veterans and their families continue to get the support that they need.
“More than $480,000 in grants were awarded through this round and I encourage organisations interested in applying for funding to support veterans and their families to review the grant guidelines and submit an application,” Mr Chester said.
The Government recognises the potential impact coronavirus may have on recipients completing their projects, with social distancing and other public health measures in place across the country.
The grants offer will be available for the initial 12 month period, however if the organisation requires more time to complete their project due to coronavirus, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will consider extending the length of the agreement on a case-by-case basis.
This flexibility will ensure all of the successful organisations can deliver their projects within a reasonable timeframe and continue to deliver great support their local veteran community.
Gordon Terry – Office of Senator Stoker: 0427 417 008
Rachel Tharratt - Office of the Hon. Darren Chester: 02 6277 7820
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6466