YAN Yean Cemetery Trust will receive a $9955 grant as part of the latest round of funding through the State Government’s 2021-22 Cemetery Grants Program.

The cemetery is one of 70 trusts that will receive funding, which will be used to conduct governance training to help improve accessibility for staff and visitors.

“The government recognises the important role cemeteries play in a community, and these grants provide local cemeteries with an opportunity to get those much-needed upgrades,” Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green said.

“Providing the Whittlesea community with a peaceful place to see their loved ones is a meaningful way to preserve their memory, and this funding will help provide this.

“Improving accessibility in cemeteries will allow all members of our community to pay their respects to those no longer with us.”

The grants program provides financial support to help cemeteries, many of which are volunteer run, continue to function as peaceful and welcoming places of remembrance for the whole community.

The latest funding round will help secure the long-term future of the sites and provide them with the modern facilities expected by the community.

In total, $748,868.62 was awarded through round one of the program, with applications for round two now open.

To apply for a grant, visit www.health.vic.gov.au/cemeteries-and-crematoria/cemetery-grants.