A total of $1M is available from Supporting Younger Veterans Program to support the needs of younger veterans as they transition out of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

 

Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) Program

The Supporting Younger Veterans Program aims to foster the ability of ex-service organisations (ESOs) and non ex-service organisations to support the needs of younger veterans as they transition out of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), establish themselves into civilian life, and manage the challenges their ADF service presents through different stages of their civilian life.

In the 2019-20 funding round the priority is on activities that support the development of well-researched and tailored services for the younger veterans’ community, with a particular focus on services supporting those at risk of experiencing poor mental health.

 

Funding

The Australian Government has announced a total of $1.001 million (GST exclusive) for the 2019-20 financial year for the SYV program. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount for this grant opportunity.

 

Eligible Projects

Funding must be used to deliver projects that meet the objectives and outcomes of the SYV program. You must incur the expenditure on your project/services over the term of the project. The term of the project is considered to be the period between the activity start date and completion date outlined in your grant agreement.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project. Examples of eligible activities supported in previous SYV funding rounds include:

  • developing a program of local activities to address stigma and raise awareness of mental health issues faced by younger veterans
  • developing and delivering a program to support younger veterans seeking to enter tertiary institutions
  • train the trainer programs that provided sustainable capability to train veteran-led disaster response teams.

You can only spend grant funds on eligible project activities as defined in the details of your grant agreement with DVA.

All costs related to your grant application should be detailed clearly in your project budget. You will be required to attach this to the application form using the template provided with the grant opportunity documents.

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • Staff salary(ies) and on-costs for the set-up of the project (Superannuation, Payroll Tax, Workers Compensation if applicable).
  • Operational and administration expenses related to the proposed project
  • Other project related expenses

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must be:

  • Either an Ex-Service Organisation (ESO) that specifically provides support and services to members of the younger veterans’ community; and/or are adapting their business model to focus on this cohort; Or
  • a non-ESO (an organisation external to the ESO community) operating as a Trustee on behalf of a Trust that includes an ESO; Or
  • a non-ESO in a partnership or consortia arrangement with at least one ESO that directly provides support and services to members of the younger veterans’ community; And
  • one of the legal entity types listed below:
    • Indigenous Corporation
    • Company
    • Cooperative
    • Incorporated Association
    • Statutory Entity
    • Partnership
    • Trustee on behalf of a Trust
  • incorporated.

For the purposes of SYV grants, an ESO is considered to be an organisation which:

  • has direct links to the ex-service community
  • has membership consisting primarily of veterans, past and present members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and/or their dependants
  • is established primarily to provide pensions, advocacy and/or welfare assistance to veterans, past and present members of the ADF and/or their dependants
  • does not 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
  • has objectives that aim to benefit the welfare of its members
  • specifically provides support and services to veterans with military service post 1999 or is adapting its business model to focus on this cohort
  • is incorporated.

Applications from Trusts, partnerships and consortia are acceptable, as long as the Trustee or the identified lead applicant for the partnership or consortia is solely accountable to the Commonwealth for the delivery of grant activities, is incorporated, and is an eligible entity as per the list above.

 

Timing

Applications close 1 October 2019.

 

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