| September 16, 2017

Armistice Day Centenary Grants

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum has announced the Federal Government’s $50,000 grant for local community commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 2018.

“The Armistice Centenary Grants Program will be big a part of commemorations next year when all Australians will pause and reflect on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War,” Mr Drum said.

“From a population of fewer than five million people in Australia, 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.

“Australia’s involvement in the First World War began when Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914.

“November 11, 1918 marked the end of the First World War which was an important chapter in our young nation’s history. Our nation gained our identity through the courage and sacrifice of our soldiers, nurses and civilians during the Great War. This grant will help local’s commemorate and acknowledge these brave people who helped shape our nation.

“I encourage groups in Murray to apply for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to mark this important milestone in Australia’s history,” Mr Drum said.

“Expressions of interest should be lodged with my office prior to the applications opening. The grants will support projects or activities that commemorate the end of the First World War.”

Mr Drum said up to $50,000 in total is available to organisations in Murray and his office is already seeking expressions of interest.

“Applications open on 11 November 2017 and close on 28 February 2018.”

Mr Drum intends to consult local RSLs to ensure successful projects best reflect the values and views of our returned service men and women. 

More information is available at www.dva.gov.au or by calling 1800 555 254.

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