Federal Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson is inviting community organisations to apply for government grants to help commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I on November 11, 2018.

The Federal Government has set aside $7.5million – $50,000 for each electorate – to help communities commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day, and groups can apply for grants of between $3000 and $50,000.

“The end of World War I is such a significant date in our national history, and I know there will be many organisations in the community who will want to mark the occasion,” Ms Swanson said.

Grants will be awarded by the Department of Veterans Affairs from a shortlist of applicants drawn up by MPs with the help of community committees.

“Financial support will be available to local, community-based organisations for projects or activities that link directly with the Centenary of the Armistice or commemorate the end of World War I,” Ms Swanson said.

Grants are expected to help with: the public commemoration of the Centenary of Armistice Day; new honour boards, rolls or plaques, or their restoration; preservation and display of memorabilia and artefacts; publication of wartime histories; educational and cultural projects with a military focus; or school projects.

“However, there are criteria and guidelines that will apply, and I would urge any interested group to be in touch with my office as soon as possible for more information.”

Community organisations can phone Josephine Hillard on 4983 2401 for details.