Veterans groups, community organisations and councils are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to protect local war memorials, Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis has announced. Mr Gulaptis said the NSW Community War Memorials Fund was established to help repair, conserve and restore war memorials across the state. Grants are offered twice a year and applications for round one close on Remembrance Day – November 11, 2015. All submissions are assessed by the State War Memorials Committee. “Funding has been provided for the conservation of a wide range of war memorials, from statues and honour rolls, to memorial gates and memorial halls,” Mr Gulaptis said. “During the Centenary of the Anzac (2014- 2018), it is important to ensure that our war memorials continue to stand proud and strong.” Applications for the protection and conservation of memorials honouring NSW’s military heritage will be assessed by a committee comprised of representatives from the Government Architect’s Office, Office of Environment and Heritage, Veterans’ Affairs and the NSW RSL. For more information, including application forms, please visit: www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/community-war-memorials-fund.