Veterans’ grants available for local groups

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Federal Member for Higgins, Kelly O’Dwyer MP, is inviting local organisations to apply for grants to support our veterans and honour Australia’s military history.

“The grants on offer are another example of the Government’s efforts to honour the service and sacrifice of our past and present servicemen and women,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

“Any organisation can apply for grant funding towards activities that enhance the health and wellbeing of our veterans or commemorative projects that honour our military history.

“During the 2016 election, the Coalition committed to providing $4 million over four years to support younger veterans. As a result of this commitment, a new grants program – Supporting Younger Veterans – will be established to assist projects that seek to engage and actively involve our younger veterans, particularly with their transition to civilian life.

“I encourage local groups to explore the grants on offer and apply if they could benefit the community or organisation”, Ms O’Dwyer said.

In 2017, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will run funding rounds in the grant programs described below:
• The Saluting Their Service (STS) commemorations program provides funding to eligible organisations for projects that contribute to Australia’s understanding of its wartime heritage and honour the service and sacrifice of its servicemen and women, including building memorials and preserving locally significant wartime memorabilia.
• The Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) Program aims to improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community. This program provides funding for projects that support activities and services to sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.
• The Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Program supports ex-service organisations (ESOs) to provide compensation and welfare assistance to the veteran and defence communities. It also links closely to the Advocacy Training and Development Program, which provides practitioners with the essential skills for claims, advocacy and welfare work.
• The Grants-In-Aid Program (available to only national ESOs) provides administrative support in recognition of the work national ESOs do to support the veteran community. local branches. These activities contribute toward an organisation’s governance and responsiveness to national issues, ensuring the issues faced by local veterans, regardless of when or where they served, are shared and understood by ESOs and the Australian Government.
• The Supporting Younger Veterans program will commence in the first quarter of the 2017–18 financial year. More details will be available in the second quarter of 2017.

For further information on this program or any of the others, please see DVA’s website (http://www.dva.gov.au/consultation-and-grants/grants), which contains information on each of DVA’s grant programs and how to apply.