The Veterans SA Capacity Building Grant Fund offers support to eligible ex-service organisations to help them improve their governance and strengthen their capacity building skills.

Applicants can seek grants of up to $5,000 (ex GST) for projects that help strengthen the governance of ex-service organisations to lead, develop, support and advocate for their communities.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • leadership and governance training for board or committee members
  • temporary project staff salaries or consultant costs to assist in developing a plan or strategy (e.g. strategic plan, communication/social media strategy)
  • training and skills development (e.g. grant writing skills, volunteer management training, financial management training)
  • development of a website or app to make services more accessible to the community.

Applications for the 23/24 grant round are now closed.

Applications for the 24/25 grant round will open in July 2024.

For further information contact:
Ms Clare Hennessy, Project Officer, Veterans SA
(08) 8226 8541

Eligibility criteria

Grants are available for projects or initiatives that are aimed at building capacity, knowledge and skills within the community, but do not create an ongoing need for funding.

Funding can be used for eligible expenses that directly relate to coordination, management and delivery of the project within South Australia.

Organisations are eligible to apply if they are:

  • Non-government, not-for-profit and
  • incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985; or
    • a Statutory Authority established through an Act; or
    • registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission.
    • registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission with a comparable legal status

In addition, applicant organisations must:

  • have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have met requirements for any previous grants received from Veterans SA, such as acquitting or reporting on grants.

Organisations not meeting these requirements, such as unincorporated organisations, may partner with a lead applicant which meets eligibility requirements.

Applications must be authorised by an appropriate executive member of the organisation. Incomplete applications may not be accepted.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

  • Veterans SA Capacity Building Grant Fund guidelines

Assessment process

Applicants will receive a confirmation email after submission of their application.

Stage one – Application screening

Veterans SA will screen all applications as they are received to ensure:

  • the applicant and project are eligible – ineligible applicants or projects will not be progressed to assessment
  • the application has been completed in full and all supporting documentation has been provided – incomplete applications may not be progressed to assessment
  • the applicant does not have any outstanding obligations for previously awarded grants – applicants with outstanding obligations may not be progressed to assessment.

 Stage two – Assessment against criteria

Applications that progress to stage two will be assessed on merit against the following criteria:

  • community need, purpose and outcomes
  • connection to the wider community
  • value for money
  • organisational capacity
  • financial need.

At any stage during the process, applicants may be contacted for clarification.

2022 – 2023 Funding Round Recipients

Applicant Funding Amount Project Description
Trojan’s Trek $1,913 Facilitator Accreditation – Annual staff training & accreditation
Frontline Yoga $5,000 Instructor Training – Deliver Trauma Aware Teacher Training to upskill yoga teachers to deliver classes to meet needs of the SA veteran community
Defence Shed Port Adelaide $4,770 Marketing – Create a website & provide Mental Health First Aid Training for committee members
Saltwater Veterans $5,000 Training Courses – Build instructor talent pool to facilitate future programs to allow the organisation to become self-sufficient
RSL Blackwood $5,000 Live Music in the Hills – Engagement of consultant to develop business plan & multi media strategy

2021-2022 Funding Round Recipients

Applicant Funding Amount Project Description
RSL Mt Barker Sub-Branch $3,000 Update website to make simple & user friendly for community
Saltwater Veterans $5,000 Program to ensure Saltwater Veterans has instructor talent pool to avoid needing to outsource training requirements
Defence Force Welfare Association $2,995 Digital Marketing Advanced Certificate – upskilling for new committee members