Supporting Younger Veterans Program

What is the Supporting Younger Veterans Grants Program?

The Supporting Younger Veterans Grants Program is a targeted competitive program which aims to support younger Australian veterans.



The objectives of the program are to:

  • deliver services to the younger veterans’ community that build community capacity for the future and complement services already provided by the Commonwealth
  • expand on existing or well established services offered to the younger veterans’ community to new regions within Australia or in development of new services that will be offered in more than one location
  • raise awareness of the important issues faced by the younger veterans’ community.

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • 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
  • develop capability within the veteran community that services the unique needs of the younger veterans’ community
  • fund organisations that can sustainably deliver services to the younger veterans’ community now and into the future
  • increase collaboration amongst organisations to expand services and harness existing expertise for the benefit of the younger veterans’ community
  • increase awareness of younger veterans’ community issues and/or services within the Australian and veteran communities, where doing so would benefit the younger veterans’ community.



The Australian Government has announced a total of $1,022,000 (GST exclusive) for the Supporting Younger Veterans Grants Program for the 2021–22 financial year. The total annual funding will be allocated through one annual funding round. The 2021–22 grant opportunity will consider applications under 2 grant categories: small grants (up to a maximum of $50,000 per grant) or large grants (from $50,001 to a maximum of $150,000 per grant). There are no pre-determined numbers or funding split for small or large grant applications.


Eligible Projects

Examples of activities that may be funded include (but are not limited to):

  • providing opportunities where younger veterans can engage with each other, and with their local community, and learn new skills
  • social inclusion and connectedness activities, for example, sporting or recreational projects for younger veterans and their families
  • local job readiness projects, especially those that focus on social or cultural preparation to assist younger veterans to transition into civilian life
  • mentoring or other support for veterans to assist with their transition to civilian employment
  • local projects that promote good mental health and wellbeing amongst the younger veteran community
  • online activities that address stigma and raise awareness of mental health issues faced by younger veterans
  • collaboration between ex-service organisations and homelessness services to address and reduce veteran homelessness in a specific geographic location
  • local projects that support the introduction and development of ongoing life skills in a postservice context to support effective transition  partnering with local community service providers to improve their understanding of the younger veteran experience, their needs, and referral pathways to veteran services.

The Supporting Younger Veterans Grants Program has funded a broad range of projects and activities of the past few years. Some examples include:

  • Mental health and meditation activities
  • Training for mental health first responders and peer support activities
  • Sports and adventure training activities including Invictus Games and referee training for veterans
  • Job readiness and life skills training including financial literacy/money management
  • Emotional development and relationship skills program
  • Software development of an app for veterans linking with ESOs and available services
  • Veteran employment programs to assist transitioning veterans
  • Outdoor activities including tree planting and wildlife observation
  • A radio program to deliver several discussions around veteran issues.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply you must be either:

  • an Ex-Service Organisation (ESO) that specifically provides support and services to membersvof 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 that directly provides support and services to members of the younger veterans’ community; OR
  • a non-ESO in a partnership or consortium 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 in section 4.1.2 of the guidelines, and
  • incorporated by the closing date and time of this grant opportunity.



Applications close 20 January 2022.


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