Information on grants awarded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs during the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 is available at www.dva.gov.au/ex-service_organisations/grants/Pages/index.aspx.
Grants administered by the Department are set out below in Table 43.
|Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST)||The BEST programme is designed to support ex-service organisation (ESO) pensions and welfare practitioners and advocates. It assists by offering grants to help these organisations and practitioners provide advice and assistance to the veteran and Defence communities. A BEST grant is intended to be a contribution to ESO costs in providing services to the veteran and defence communities. It is not to offset all costs and ESOs are expected to provide in-kind or other support to their pension, advocate and welfare officers. There is one BEST funding round each year. Funding is for the period of the next financial year. Payment of grants is subject to previous funding being acquitted as required.||1.4|
|Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG)||V&CG is available to organisations for projects that benefit veterans, their spouses, partners, widows/widowers, carers, dependants and other members of the ex-service community. Projects may also benefit the wider community. V&CG support activities and services that sustain and/or enhance health and well-being. V&CG provide seeding funds for projects that support a healthy, quality lifestyle for members of the veteran community and assist them to remain living independently in their own homes. It also provides funding for initiatives that reduce social isolation, support carers and improve access to community services. Funding rounds occur on an ongoing, rolling basis. When sufficient applications are received or a two-month period has elapsed, a funding round will be processed for the Minister’s decision.||2.4|
|Grants-in-Aid (GIA)||The Grants-in-Aid programme forms part of the Government’s commitment to support the role of national ex-service organisations (ESOs) which provide co-ordinating and representational support within the veteran and defence community. The maximum annual grant to any national ESO is $10,000 and is subject to accountability requirements. Depending on the demand for funding and the prioritisation of all applications, part funding only may be offered. There is one funding round per year. Rounds open around March each year and approved grants are paid early in the following financial year||2.4|
|Saluting Their Service commemorations grants programme||The Saluting Their Service grants programme is designed to preserve our wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of activities and projects that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation. Two categories of grants are available under Saluting Their Service:
CCG applications can be submitted to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs at any time and will be considered at the next available meeting of the Commemorations Grants Advisory Committee. There are two MCG rounds a year:
|Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program||The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program was designed to assist and encourage communities across Australia to undertake their own Anzac Centenary projects.||3.1|
|Overseas Privately Constructed Memorial Restoration Program||The Overseas Privately Constructed Memorial Restoration Program assists Australian veterans and other individuals in the restoration and preservation of existing military unit and battle memorials, which have been privately constructed overseas.||3.1|