EXPRESSIONS of interest (EOIs) are now open for local community groups to apply for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the grants program is aimed at supporting projects or activities that commemorate the end of World War One 100 years ago.
“One-off grants of between $3,000 and $50,000 are available, and I encourage all Far North Queenslanders who want to contribute to a significant period in our nation’s history to submit an EOI to my office,” Mr Entsch said.
“I’m looking forward to receiving a variety of ideas that will enable Leichhardt to commemorate this important occasion in a way that is unique to our region.
“This may include educational and cultural projects that focus on military heritage, school initiatives, wartime memorabilia displays, new or restored honour boards and plaques, and the preservation of military artefacts. These are just a few possibilities,” Mr Entsch said.
Mr Entsch will work with a panel of community representatives from Building Active Connected Communities FNQ (BACC) to assess the grant applications and identify projects that meet the program’s guidelines.
BACC is an initiative of the Bendigo Bank, which has been supporting local organisations for many years through small grants and sustainable revenue streams.
“Together BACC and I will identify the best way to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice locally,” Mr Entsch said.
The Armistice Centenary Grants Program is a restricted grant round and is by invitation only from the Federal Member for Leichhardt.
To be considered, expressions of interest must be submitted via email to Mr Entsch’s office by no later than 4pm Tuesday 31st October 2017. This must be done by completing an Armistice Centenary Grant Program Project Plan and Budget form, which can be found on Mr Entsch’s website or by contacting his office.
Once assessed, Mr Entsch will submit successful EOIs to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs when formal applications open on 11 November 2017.
More information and grant guidelines can be found at www.dva.gov.au or by calling 1800 555 254.