Commemorative project funding in New England may find a boost with a widening of eligibility criteria for the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants program (STS), a program to acknowledge and commemorate those who served.
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said recent local projects benefiting from this program's funding included Armidale's Saumarez Homestead, Ebor Community Group and Walcha and District Historical Society.
"Our community has a proud military history, with many veterans now calling the New England home, and many more before them having served our nation," Mr Joyce said.
"By increasing funding available in this program and expanding its eligibility, more organisations will be able to access grants which pay tribute to our local servicemen and women as we continue to honour the service and sacrifice of those who have served their country.
"I encourage the community here in the New England to review the new guidelines and apply for a grant to carry on the legacy of commemoration and ensure our veterans are never forgotten."
Revised guidelines feature a shift in focus to post-World War I conflicts, and also mean projects such as documentaries, and digital projects such as digital honour rolls and podcasts, can have funds allocated.
A new round of grants is now open and its funding expansion is part of the government's election commitments to allocate an extra $10 million into the program over the next four years.
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