Veterans Grants

Veteran and Community Grants (GO2385)

This grant aims to fund projects that sustain or enhance the health and well being of veterans and improve their independence and quality of life.  Projects should increase opportunities for members of the Australian veteran community to participate in social activity and/or improve health behaviours and support healthy places.

Closes 27 February 2020

Grant Information


Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program (GO3172)

This grant encourages a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia's personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations.  Community Grants of a maximum of $10,000 are for local, community-based projects and activities.  Major Grants of $10, 0001-$150, 000 are for major commemorative projects and activities. Eligible expenditure categories are:

  • Digital project costs (e.g. production costs for contract or labour-hire staff such as screenwriters, cinematographers, editors or sound recordists, website development costs, equipment relating to digital projects such as honour rolls)
  • Display cabinets supply and/or installation
  • Entertainment (e.g. band or bugler)
  • Equipment, venue and/or service hire
  • Flagpole supply and/or installation - maximum of $2,000 per project
  • Landscaping - including school memorial gardens (eg trees, shrubs, fencing and concrete slabs) maximum $5000.  Please note: Must be within immediate surrounds of memorials only

Closes 31 March 2020

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Defence Family Support Funding Program (GO3281)

This grant provides funding to community organisations so they can deliver local programs and projects that support Defence families and the community they live in.  FSFP is an annual grant program which provides funding to not-for-profit organisations to:

  • Facilitate the coming together of Defence families for mutual support, education and connection with their community, and support for their overall personal and social wellbeing.
  • Support Defence families to engage with each other and their local communities to minimise the challenges and enhance the opportunities that come with the unique military lifestyle.
  • Empower Defence families to thrive by giving them the confidence they need to succeed in managing the Defence way of life.
  • Support community capacity building by identifying and nurturing partnership opportunities to support the delivery of programs which provide a strengthened sense of community for Defence families and reduce the feeling of isolation that a posting can bring.

Grants range from $5,000 to $75, 000.

Closes 12 February 2020

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Army Research History (GO3369)
The Australian Army History Research Grants Scheme supports research into the Australian Army’s history during operations and in peacetime. The Scheme is open to both academic and non-academic researchers, and grants are up to a maximum of $15,000.00 for one year.
The Australian Army and Australian Army History Unit (AAHU) value new research that identifies how the Army has approached challenges in the past, and which is accessible to both the Army and the public. 
Individuals are welcome to apply for grants. The Scheme is not restricted to Australian citizens or residents. Where an applicant has previously received funding through this Scheme, it is expected that you will have submitted your progress report and financial acquittal for your previous grant before applying for a second grant. 
Closes 13 March 2020
Building Excellence in Support & Training (BEST) for Veterans (GO3454)
BEST is intended to assist the veteran and defence communities by providing support and resources to ex-service organisations (ESOs) for pensions, advocacy and/or welfare work. 

The objectives of the program are to assist ESOs to:
  • improve the quality of claims received by DVA at the primary determining level
  • reduce the rate of appeals to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
  • promote the provision of welfare services to the veteran and defence community.

Closes 17 February 2020

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Grants in Aid 2020-21 (GO3511)

The program aims to fund discrete projects or activities by national ex‑service organisations (ESOs) that address a specific problem and will achieve a clear benefit to the ex-service and Defence community.

This program is open to bona fide national ESOs and provides funding to encourage cooperation and communication between the ex-service community, ESOs and the Australian Government. Funding for national ESOs aims to encourage the advancement of the objectives of ESOs.

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • encourage co-operation and communication between the ex-service community, ESOs and the Australian Government
  • assist ESOs to support their branches, sub-branches and affiliated organisations in performing compensation or wellbeing advocacy or other welfare work
  • advance the objectives of all ESOs more generally, including improved co‑operation and communication between national bodies, branches, sub‑branches and affiliated organisations on repatriation and military compensation matters.

The maximum grant amount is $10, 000 with a total grant amount of $145, 000 for the 2020-21 financial year.   Grants are limited to one per organisation.

Closes 27 February 2020

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