$175,000 To Improve Community Support For Veterans.

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The Hon Alan Griffin MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs


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Wednesday 21 May 2008  


$175,000 TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR VETERANS


Eight community projects across South Australia will receive a total of $175,664 to help improve

veteran health and independence, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, announced today.


Mr Griffin said the funding demonstrated the Rudd Government’s commitment to supporting

organisations dedicated to caring for veterans and their dependants.


“The Veteran & Community Grants program provides seed funding to local and community

organisations for projects that directly support local veteran communities,” Mr Griffin said.


“It is important that veterans have access to a range of programs that teach them skills to help

them remain independent and active, particularly for the elderly living by themselves.


“Today’s funding supports a range of projects to encourage veterans to learn new life skills

including Cooking for One or Two programs, healthy living and computer skills courses.


“Veteran & Community Grants also help fund local initiatives that improve access to community

care services and encourage social interaction through Day Clubs, Men’s Sheds and social

excursions,” the Minister said.


Mr Griffin said hundreds of local and community organisations had benefited from more than

$1.5 million in funding through grants programs since the Federal election last year. 


Mr Griffin encouraged local and community organisations interested in applying for funding to

visit www.dva.gov.au/health/grants or contact their nearest DVA office on 133 254 (for

metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (for non-metropolitan callers).




Media inquiries: Laura Ryan 0437 863 109


Editors note:  A list of grant recipients is attached.




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Veteran & Community Grant South Australia Recipients


The Henley and Grange RSL Sub-branch will receive a grant of $10,068 to help purchase

chairs, tables and an air-conditioner for the sub-branch.


The Aged Care and Housing Group will receive a grant of $44,000 to help extend the South

West Active People (SWAP) Links program to 100 local veterans living on their own.  The

SWAP program helps older veterans attend social activities and connect with their local

community. 


The Enfield RSL Sub-branch will receive a grant of $37,895 to help purchase tables, chairs

and carpet for the sub-branch; install an air-conditioning system; and build disabled access

to the sub-branch premises.


The Port Pirie RSL Sub-branch will receive a grant of $33,880 to help update the toilet

facilities and build disabled access to the premises.


The Bute RSL Sub-branch will receive a grant of $13,751 to help upgrade the kitchen at the

sub-branch and purchase new kitchen appliances.


The Port Victoria RSL Sub-branch will receive a grant of $11,798 to help purchase tables

and chairs for the sub-branch.


The Mount Gambier and District Sub-section of the Naval Association of Australia will

receive a grant of $10,602 to help replace the carpets and to repair the roof of the clubroom.


The Coonawarra Penola RSL Sub-branch will receive a grant of $13,670 to help purchase

an air-conditioner, window blinds and upgrade electrical supply to the sub-branch.








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