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Veteran & Community Grants
Veteran and Community Grants are for activities and services which improve the health and wellbeing of members of the veteran community.
For example, the grant can provide seed funding for projects which promote a healthy lifestyle or help veterans to remain living independently in their own homes. They can also fund programs to reduce social isolation, support carers and improve access to community services.
Building Excellence in Support & Training Grants
Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants support ex-service organisations (ESOs) in providing compensation and welfare assistance to the Defence and veteran communities.
These grants are calculated using a formula based on each eligible organisation’s advocacy workload, calculated as a percentage of the national workload. This percentage is then used to determine that organisations share of the available funding.
This grants program links closely with the Advocacy Training and Development Program, which provides training, support and accreditation for advocates.
Grants-In-Aid are for projects and activities that:
Long Tan Bursary
The Long Tan Bursary scheme was established to help eligible children of Vietnam veterans meet the cost of post-secondary education.
Thirty seven (37) bursaries, worth $12,000 for each recipient and paid over three years, are awarded each year to successful applicants from each state and territory. The scheme is administered by the Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust on behalf of DVA.
Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program
The Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants program is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.
Two categories of grants are available under the STS program:
Supporting Younger Veterans Grants Program
Supporting Younger Veterans Grants are to assist younger veterans as they leave the Australian Defence Force and integrate back into civilian life, with all the challenges that accompany that unique transition.
The Supporting Younger Veterans Grants program provides $4.25 million over five years to ex-service organisations to encourage partnerships that will deliver innovative and sustainable services for younger veterans and build community capacity to meet the needs of younger veterans. The grants will also help raise awareness of the important issues faced by younger veterans.
Funding can be used to deliver projects and activities that do any or all of the following: