APMP receives Major Grant - 29 Oct 2015
The APMP is delighted to announce that it has received a grant from the Defence Department of $ 2,000,000. This wonderful news was received from the Minister for Defence in a letter dated 17th September advising that in response to our application submitted some time ago that this grant was being provided to assist the establishment of this significant national memorial in Canberra. The Minister also noted the funding acknowledges that peacekeeping is an important part of Australia’s history.
This grant will go a long way to making our aim of opening the Australian National Peacekeeping Memorial on its site on Anzac Parade before the 70th Anniversary of Australian peacekeeping on 14th September 2017 achievable. As our supporters would know, prior to this major donation, the APMP has raised almost $ 900, 000 through other grants, donations and fundraising activities. With the support already provided we have chosen a design, produced fully developed documentation for construction, received build approval from the National Capital Authority, let a contract, completed prototype testing and purchased the long lead time materials for the Memorials, including the onyx stone for the passageway and the cobblestones for the courtyard. The advice from our contractor is that the Memorial can be built in about 9 months from commencement.
We thank all those who have supported us to get to this stage, and particularly thank the Federal Government for its major support to the project. The APMP still needs further funding of about $ 1,000,000 to ensure we can complete all aspects of construction and opening. The APMP Committee will now be examining options to escalate our efforts to raise the remaining funds and to commence construction. We greatly appreciate the ongoing assistance of all our supporting organisations, all peacekeeping veterans and supporters and the Australian community to reach our September 2017 goal.