From regular coffee catchups to creating an outdoor space to gather, three new programs to support veterans and their families across Ballarat will share in $2.4 million worth of funding under the Morrison Government Veteran and Community Grants Program.
Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the Veteran and Community Grants Program supports outstanding programs and projects run by local organisations to ensure veterans and their families continue to get the support that they need.
“Across Ballarat, the work of community organisations supporting our veterans is invaluable,” Senator Henderson said.
“I’m delighted to announce three successful funding applications for programs which will encourage veterans and their families to gather, socialise and engage in activities such as equine therapy, providing much needed social contact and support.
“This funding not only supports local veterans and their families, but also supports local business and employment,” Senator Henderson said.
“Congratulations to the successful applicants for this round and thank you for the ongoing support that you offer to the veteran community:
- Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Victorian Branch received $20,720 to improve access and install shade covering at the Ballarat East Community Men’s Shed to provide a safe comfortable environment for veterans and their families
- Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc received $6,000.00 to hold a weekly coffee club to encourage veterans to socialise in a relaxed environment
- Path of the Horse Ltd received $18,165.00 to upgrade respite accommodation facilities at The Path of the Horse Equine Assisted Learning Centre in Trentham to provide a safe accessible environment for veterans, their families and careers
The funding will also go towards the development of new programs and services to help reduce social isolation by supporting local social events, upgrade existing facilities, create a community garden and provide transportation for veterans to participate in community events.