Grants for the defence community

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The Hon Darren Chester MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Minister for Defence Personnel

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11 December 2020

Community groups that support Australian Defence Force (ADF) families today received a funding boost under the Government’s Family Support Funding Program (FSFP).

Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the supplementary grants would assist nine not-for-profit organisations which had been affected by the challenges of this year to provide programs and activities that support the wellbeing of ADF families.

“This year has been challenging for many Australians, and this includes many of our Defence personnel who have been separated from their families while providing vital assistance as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist,” Mr Chester said.

“The FSFP has helped to support organisations as they’ve delivered programs and activities for the Defence and local community and this funding will help this work continue.

“For example, the Singleton PCYC has received funding to deliver a 10-week holistic health and wellbeing initiative aimed at Defence families, focusing on workshops, fitness and educational sessions.

“Importantly, these activities support ADF families build and maintain a strong connections with their local community and helps them create support networks.

“Congratulations to the organisations that received funding and thank you to all those organisations across the nation that support our Defence families.”

More than 50 community projects have shared in around $1.7 million this year through the FSFP, which will help them support their local defence community.

The grants program is managed by Defence Community Organisation which provides a wide range of assistance for Defence families. Defence families can contact the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 for information on accessing community resources.

For more information visit the Defence Community Organisation website:


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Mums Exercise Group Australia Pty Ltd



Mums Exercise Group Australia (MEGA) will provide a program which enables Defence mothers to increase their social networks amongst other mothers in their community. MEGA aims to increase physical activity with a special focus around postnatal classes and to provide opportunities for children to socialise and play.


Love Culburra Beach Festival Inc



Culburra Beach Festival will deliver a volunteer program aimed at Defence families by engaging with Defence establishments to promote and encourage the Defence community to connect and register in volunteer training, programs and events.


Singleton PCYC



Singleton PCYC will deliver a 10-week holistic health and wellbeing initiative aimed at Defence families, focusing on workshops, fitness and educational sessions. The program aims to introduce new families to local community activities and provide engagement opportunities to link in with the local community.


Defence Richmond Family Centre



The Defence Richmond Family

Centre will continue offering a safe place for families to nurture friendships, build relationships and be that constant cornerstone to help face the challenges of military family life.


One Giant Leap Foundation Limited



One Giant Leap Foundation (OGLF) will connect with the Defence community for a fun, educational opportunity to develop new interests, skills, personal networks and friendships. OGLF believe that their 'Rocket into Richmond RAAF' program is an innovative method of introducing new and existing Defence families into the Richmond area in an innovative way.


The Younger Heroes Limited



The Younger Heroes (TYH) will deliver camp programs to Defence families between Jan - Jun 21. The family relationship focused program is for children and parents who are either current ADF members, first responders, health care professionals or anyone working away from home.


Little Diggers Community Centre



Little Diggers Community Centre will continue offering social and emotional support for Defence families posted to Cairns. This funding will support weekly programs including playgroups with additional community services that include workshops, training sessions and school holiday activities in a safe family friendly environment.


Returned & Services League Mt Barker Sub Branch



RSL Mt Barker Sub Branch propose to reinstate the Saturday morning BBQs for families, bringing them together and to assist the Sub-Branch to offer BBQ facilities at other Defence community events.


Table Tennis Australia Ltd



Table Tennis Australia (TAA) will use table tennis to drive social connectedness within the Defence community as well as to the outside local community by engaging more Defence families in the sport. TAA propose to offer an 8-week program and will use a four-step strategy that will sustainably increase community engagement while promoting the health benefits of an active lifestyle.


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