The Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program supports ex-service organisations (ESOs) to provide compensation and welfare assistance to the veteran and Defence community. It also links closely to the Advocacy Training and Development Program, which provides the essential skills for claims, advocacy and welfare work.
BEST grant rounds are conducted annually. Rounds open in February each year and approved grants are paid early in the following financial year.
Applicants are advised to visit this site periodically for updated information.
BEST Grant Funding Round 19 (2017–18)
Applications for funding under BEST Round 19 for the 2017–18 financial year will be accepted from 1 February 2017 to 31 March 2017. Following is the application form and a guide to completing the application. Applications can also be completed through the ESO Portal.
- Building Excellence in Support and Training Grants Program (BEST) 2017-2018 Application Form (PDF 321 KB)
- Guide to Completing Round 19 BEST Application Form
The following documents are available to provide general information regarding the BEST Program.
BEST Grants Program—Program Guidelines
This document contains detailed information about the BEST Program, including who is eligible, what can be funded and how to apply for a grant.
Summary of Eligible and Ineligible BEST Administrative Items
Two categories of administrative items are eligible for grants. This document outlines these categories and provides a list of example items in each category.
The application form for BEST grant funding assistance requests statistical information on the workload of practitioners, both paid and voluntary.
This document contains definitions which clearly identify and categorise the work carried out by practitioners, as required for the application form.
Explanation of the BEST Grant Calculation Formula
BEST grants are calculated using a formula. This document explains the formula and how it is applied.
Sample Memorandum of Understanding (DOCX 26 KB)
To assist those considering an application as a sponsoring organisation or in a joint venture arrangement.
BEST Grant Funding Round 18 (2016–17)
All Round 18 offers have been sent to successful applicants. In June 2016, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs approved a total of 144 BEST Round 18 grants, totalling $3.88m. Notification letters were sent to all grant applicants on or before Friday, 5 August 2016.
All Round 17 offers have been sent to successful applicants. In June 2015, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs approved a total of 126 BEST Round 17 grants, totalling $3.78m. Notification letters were sent to all grant applicants on or before Friday, 6 July 2015.
Approved grants lists
For a list of BEST grants that have been approved see Approved grants.