Up to $50,000 is available from Veteran and Community Grants to support projects that will enhance health and wellbeing of the veteran community members.


Veteran and Community Grants

The Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program offers opportunities for both the veteran and broader community to participate in, and benefit from, projects that support healthy lifestyles, enhance quality of life and assist veterans and war widows/widowers to remain in their own homes as long as possible.

V&CG is a long-term rolling grant program that accepts applications continuously throughout the year. V&CG funding is for one off projects, and forms part of Outcome 2.4 Veterans’ Community Care and Support.



The objective of the Program is to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by providing funding for projects that support activities and services to sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.

The expected outcomes of the Program are to:

  • Deliver projects that are sustainable, financially viable and have an ongoing benefit for members of the veteran community;
  • Deliver projects that increase opportunities for members of the veteran community, associated with social activity and community participation and/or improve health behaviours and support healthy places.

The Veteran and Community Grants program is intended to:

  • promote and enhance healthy lifestyles, particularly physical activity and mental wellbeing;
  • support quality independent living at home;
  • encourage involvement in community activities;
  • reduce social isolation;
  • encourage supportive and safe communities;
  • increase access to community services;
  • address gaps in local services;
  • support carers;
  • increase nutrition;
  • increase social connectedness; and
  • increase mental wellness.



There is $2,165,000.00 available for the 2018-19 financial year. Projects are funded up to a limit of $50,000 per grant.


Eligible Projects

Grant funding will be considered for the following items, providing the project proposed meets the programs intent under section 1.4 of the guidelines:

Equipment and Furnishings
Funding may be considered for equipment and furnishings that are integral to a project. All items must be justified and be relevant to the project.

Building Works
Building works may be considered if integral to the project and meets the objectives defined in sections 1.2 and 1.4 and value for money. Organisations offered V&CG grant funding for building works must:

  • have council approval where relevant; and
  • specify who owns the premises (land and building).

Funding for vehicles will be considered for passenger vehicles used for community transport projects (e.g. small buses) and must be made available to other ex-service organisations within the applicant’s region.

Bus Trips
Funding will only be considered for a series of bus trips conducted over a 12 month period every two years. One off bus trips are not fundable.

Volunteer Expenses
May only include expenses relating to training to ensure volunteers are appropriately qualified/accredited (e.g. Workplace Health and Safety training and First Aid training).

Funding for meals must be intrinsic to cooking or nutrition projects or as part of travel allowance for a project officer.

Project Officer Expenses
Funding for a project officer will be considered for a 12 month period to establish a project and administer its associated program of health and well-being activities. Funding may include salary and travel allowance costs (e.g. mileage, meals and accommodation). Mileage is to be calculated using the current DVA rate of treatment travel. This information is available on DVA’s website.

Replacement Items
Consideration will be given to replacing items previously funded through V&CG after a period five years or more time has elapsed. Replacements will not be considered purely to maximise trade-in values.

Evaluation Costs
May be included for a professional evaluation at the completion of a project, which has been funded for more than $30,000. Such costs must not exceed 10 per cent of the grant amount sought through V&CG, to a maximum of $5,000. A detailed quote must be provided with the application.

Administration Costs
Some administrative costs may be considered if directly and exclusively associated with the establishment of the project.

We may update the guidelines on eligible expenditure from time to time. If your application is successful, the version in place when your grant agreement takes effect will be the version that applies to your project.


Eligible Applicants

The Veteran and Community Grants is open to ex-service organisations, veteran representative groups and other
organisations. An applicant must be one of the following entity types as stated in the dropdown list in the Application form:

  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Incorporated Association
  • Statutory Entity
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust
  • Unincorporated Association



Applications close 28 February 2019.


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