New grants available for ACT veterans

Released 26/07/2019

The ACT Government has made a substantial  investment of $80,000 for ACT veterans and their families through a series of  grants designed to promote participation in activities outside of the defence  forces.

Minister for Veterans Gordon Ramsay said the grants  program would support serving and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence  force and their families by promoting social inclusion and employment outside  of the ADF.

"These grants are designed for community  organisations to assist our veterans by improving employment capability as well  as promoting a culture of social inclusion," Minister Ramsay said.

"The grants of up to $10,000 are available to  organisations that have the capacity to link veterans and their families with  programs that support their wellbeing.

"Previous grant recipients have provided opportunities for  veterans to reconnect with their families through activities like  blacksmithing, whilst others have provided training in conversations around  mental health and how to transfer skills obtained in the Defence Force to  civilian employment."

Neil Sperring, President of South Canberra Veterans Shed at Tuggeranong,  said their previous Veterans grant allowed them to set up the infrastructure  for their shed.

"We've got computers, we've got pergolas for fundraising, tables and chairs  and some basic machinery which has allowed us to better engage with veterans  and their families on specific projects," Mr Sperring said.
Applications close on Monday 2 September 2019.

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