Stawell RSL receives maintenance grant

Stawell Sub Branch of the RSL is among recipients of funding under the Veteran and Community Grants program.

Grants totalling $974,255 have been announced by the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Michael Ronaldson, to promote independence and quality of life for veterans.

Mr Ronaldson said the funds would be used for a variety of projects, including bowling green upgrades, kitchen refurbishments and bus trips to reduce social isolation.

Stawell RSL Sub Branch will receive $29,093 to upgrade the roof, guttering and windows of the clubrooms to sustain activities provided to the veteran community.

"It is a pleasure to announce funding for 32 community projects, across the country," Mr Ronaldson said.

"These are projects which directly benefit the defence and veteran community. I congratulate each of the successful organisations on their valuable work."

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.

Senator Ronaldson said RSL clubs and sub-branches, Men's Sheds and many other veteran, defence and community organisations provide a central hub of support, recreation and comradeship for so many of our current and former servicemen and women.

"Since 1999, the Veteran and Community Grants program has helped ex-service organisations continue to provide high quality services and support to the veteran and defence community and their families," Senator Ronaldson said.

"The Australian community is justly proud of the service and sacrifice of our veterans and those currently serving in the Australian Defence Force. Each of these grants is a show of our appreciation and gratitude to our sailors, soldiers, airmen and nurses, past and present."

"The Veteran and Community Grants program will continue to provide funding in future rounds. I encourage any eligible local veteran or defence groups to consider how a grant could help deliver care and support to their community."

For further information on how to apply visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or contact your nearest DVA office on 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

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