A $1 million funding package is available to upgrade or install war memorial plaques and refurbish community halls used by veterans groups.

Community groups are encouraged to apply for individual grants up to $60,000 to preserve important pieces of local military history and put them back on display.

The NSW Government is committed to conserving and improving important military history that will ensure the Anzac legacy lives on. It is anticipated that local RSL sub-branches, community groups and councils will apply for projects to ensure Australia’s servicemen and women continue to be remembered.

Examples of how the grants could be used include plaques at places of historical significance in the state’s wartime efforts, or restoration and display of honour roles with the names of men and women who fought and died in war.

The NSW Government is committed to preserving and displaying our military history, so that the bravery and sacrifice shown by so many in the past can been seen and reflected upon by generations to come.

Community halls would be eligible for funding.

The allocation of $1 million is from uncollected gaming prize money and will be administered by Liquor & Gaming NSW in consultation with the NSW Branch of the RSL of Australia and the Office of Veterans Affairs.

It is anticipated applications will open end of May 2016 and an independent panel will assess the projects and make recommendations to Government.

Further details including how communities can lodge expressions of interest for funding will be published on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website at www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au.

The funding is in addition to the NSW Community War Memorials Fund which provides grants of up to $10,000 to help repair, conserve and restore war memorials across the state.