Commemorative projects on the Mornington Peninsula may benefit from a funding boost and increased eligibility thanks to the Morrison Government’s Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program.
The revised guidelines will see a shift in focus to conflicts post the First World War, and encourage multimedia and digital projects including documentaries, digital honour rolls and podcasts.
The STS program aims to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and involve people around the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations.
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, the Hon Darren Chester MP and Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, said the expansion to the STS Grants Program is part of the Morrison Government’s election commitments, and will see an extra $10 million allocated over the next four years to continue to honour the service and sacrifice of those who have served their country.
Minister Hunt said the funding increase means extra opportunities for local projects across the Mornington Peninsula to commemorate their local military heroes.
“For over 100 years, the Australian Defence Forces have been a proud part of the Mornington Peninsula story,” Minister Hunt said. “Our community has a proud military history, with many veterans now calling the Peninsula home and with the next generation of Australian defence personnel currently being trained at HMAS Cerberus.”
“During the week of Remembrance Day, when we as a community remember those who have served and died in the line of duty, I encourage eligible groups here on the Peninsula to apply for a grant to carry on Australia’s legacy of commemoration, ensuring our veterans are never forgotten.
“The STS Grants Program is aimed at acknowledging and commemorating those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations,” Minister Chester said.
STS grants are now open and will close 31 March 2020.
For more information about the new guidelines, or to apply for a Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grant, visit https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/saluting-their-service-cgp or visit the GrantConnect web site.