The ACT Government has today opened the Veterans Grants Program to support veterans and their families better connect with their communities and to live well across Canberra.
Minister for Veterans and Seniors Emma Davidson said the grants are personalised to the individual to deliver real outcomes that help them stay connected and supported.
“Canberrans thrive when they have opportunities to pursue their interests and be engaged with their peers. We know from the 2021 Census data that the ACT has the highest number of current and former serving veterans but also that they, and their families, can face unique challenges adapting to civilian life,” Minister Davidson said.
“These grants support the individual needs of our veterans community – to build and foster relationships across the community, develop skills to live well and actively participate.”
The launch of the grant program coincides with Legacy Week and will provide up to $10,000 for initiatives for veterans and their families. Legacy Week is an annual event to show support for widows, widowers and children of people who have served the country.
The Veterans Grant Program prioritises activities which:
- Promote the inclusion and participation of veterans;
- Increase communication and education on services and supports for veterans;
- Focus on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans; and
- Encourage connection and support COVID-19 response and recovery.
Applications for the Veterans Grant Program close on 26 September 2022. More information can be found at www.communityservices.act.gov.au/veterans/grants
Quotes attributable to The Cuppacumbalong Foundation:
“The Cuppacumbalong Foundation has been fortunate to have been awarded several veterans grants over the last few years. These grants have enabled us to offer scholarships to Veterans and their families to participate in blade smithing courses at Tharwa Valley Forge. These courses provide families an opportunity to work together to make something that will last a long time, learn new skills strengthen their bond through a shared creative experience.”