What is Grants-in-Aid Grant Opportunity?
The Grants-in-Aid program is a grant that will support discrete projects or activities by national ex‑service organisations (ESOs) that address a specific problem or issue 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 objective of the grant opportunity is to fund discrete projects or activities that address a specific problem or issue and will achieve a clear benefit to the Australian ex-service and Defence community.
Grant applications will be assessed against how they will meet one or more of the program outcomes and whether the funding will support discrete projects or activities including how the project or activity assists national 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
- improve co-operation and communication between national bodies, branches, sub‑branches and affiliated organisations on repatriation and military compensation matters
- encourage co-operation and communication between the ex-service community, ESOs and the Australian Government.
For this grant opportunity $145,000 GST exclusive is available for the 2020-21 financial year. The maximum grant amount is $10,000. Grants are limited to one per organisation.
Grant funding is intended to fund discrete projects or activities that address a specific problem or issue, rather than everyday business-as-usual costs. Requested items should relate to the role of national ESOs as co-ordinating and representative bodies.
Examples of discrete projects that address a specific issue could be a national conference to develop a five-year business plan or training in representational skills for key spokespeople in the organisation.
These eligible items could include but are not limited to, costs associated with:
- accommodation expenses (interactions with local, state/territory and Commonwealth government bodies or attendance at conferences, etc.)
- travel expenses (interactions with local, state/territory and Commonwealth Government bodies or attendance at conferences, etc.)
- venue hire (hosting AGMs or other meetings, etc)
- organisational improvements (e.g. training in representational skills for key spokespeople in the organisation etc).
To be eligible you must be a bona fide national incorporated ESO.
For the purposes of GIA grants, a bona fide national incorporated ESO is considered to be an organisation:
- which has direct links to the ex-service community
- whose membership consists primarily of veterans, past and present members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and/or their dependants
- which is established primarily to provide pensions, advocacy and/or welfare assistance to veterans, past and present members of the ADF and/or their dependants
- which does not operate as a business or charge any fee for acting on behalf of the veterans, past and present members of the ADF and/or their dependants in the provision of claims or welfare services
- which has objectives that aim to benefit the welfare of its members nationally
- which is incorporated.
To be eligible an application must support a discrete project that addresses a specific problem or issue, rather than supporting business-as-usual running costs (see Section 5.2 of the guidelines for examples of what comprises business-as-usual costs).
Applications close 27 February 2020.