Ballarat groups eligible for WWI commemoration grants

Ballarat's Arch of Victory
Ballarat's Arch of Victory

Ballarat projects to commemorate next year’s Armistice centenary, which marked the end of World War I, could be in the running for federal government funds.

Ballarat MP Catherine King this week welcomed the $50,000 for grants in the Ballarat electorate for specific commemorative projects.

Eligible groups will be able to apply for grants of more than $3000 for a community-based project or activity that links directly with the centenary of the Armistice or commemorates World War I.

A small community committee will be established to assess initial expressions of interest before selecting those groups which are to proceed to a full grant application.

Those eligible to participate in the grants process are not-for-profits, ex-service organisations, schools and other educational institutions, museums and cultural institutions, local councils, incorporated associations and non-incorporated associations (seeking less than $10,000).

Eligible projects and activities include public commemorations, new war memorials, new honour boards or plaques, restoration of existing memorials, wartime history publications, military heritage educational projects and school initiatives.

“Next year’s centenary will be a significant occasion for all in the communities across Ballarat and region. These grants will give groups an opportunity to really make their commemoration of the occasion extra special,” Ms KIng said.

Those wishing to apply should contact Ms King’s office on 5338 8123. Deadline for completed expressions of interest forms is November 22, 2017.