MORE than $4.2 million in funding is available through this year’s Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program, which assists ex-service organisations (ESOs) to deliver essential advice, advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families along with war widows and widowers.

Luke Howarth MP, Federal Member for Petrie, said the local ESO plays an important role in supporting our veterans and their families, and this funding means they can continue to provide significant support at a grassroots level.

“This funding assists ESOs and other veteran organisations to have the right tools, equipment and resources to provide invaluable support to the wider veteran community,” said Mr Howarth.

“Veteran support services can include salaries for trained pension advocates and administrative assistants, and essential equipment and administration expenses including computer equipment and internet access for pension and welfare work.

“I encourage local veteran organisations in Petrie including the Redcliffe and Deception Bay RSL Sub-Branches to get involved and apply for potential funding to support our veteran community.

“The Redcliffe Sub-Branch was successful in securing funding last year to provide advocacy services for veterans and their families in the Petrie community.”

Applications for the BEST grants program will close Monday 17 February 2020. For more information about grants program or if you would like to submit your application, visit the Community Grants Hub at www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/best.

If you’ve been impacted by the bushfires and need help with your application please contact the Community Grants Hub as soon as you can on 1800 020 283 (option 1) or support@communitygrants.gov.au so they can help.