DVA Grants

Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST)

Applications for Round 16 of the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Grants program opened on Monday 26 May 2014 and closed on Monday 23 June 2014.

The Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Grants program forms part of the Government’s commitment 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. It also links closely to the Training and Information Program, which provides the essential skills for claims, advocacy and welfare work.

For more information about the BEST program see Details about BEST.

Grants for National Organisations

The Grants for National Organisations program aims to support the role of National ex-service organisations (ESOs) which provide co-ordinating and representational support within the veteran and Defence communities.

For more information about the Grants for National Organisations program see Details about Grants for National Organisations and how to apply.

Saluting Their Service commemorations grants  

Saluting Their Service grants support projects and activities which directly commemorate Australia’s servicemen and women who served in wars, conflicts and peace operations to promote appreciation and understanding of the role those who served have played in shaping the nation.

The Saluting Their Service grant guidelines have changed. Applications received after 13 September 2013 will be considered under the new guidelines.

Please note: First World War projects are not eligible under this program from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.  Further information can be found at the Anzac Centenary website

See: Details about Saluting Their Service grants and how to apply

Veteran and Community grants

The Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) Program aims to improve the independence and quality of life of members of the veteran community by providing financial assistance for activities, services and projects to sustain and/or enhance wellbeing.

For more information about the V&CG Program see Details about V&CG and how to apply.

Long Tan bursary

The Long Tan bursary provides funding to help Australian Vietnam Veterans' children meet the cost of tertiary education and help them obtain formal qualifications and skills needed to pursue their chosen career.

See: Details about Long Tan bursary and how to apply

Review of DVA-funded Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) Advocacy and Welfare Services

The Review recommended important changes to help standardise ESO advocacy and welfare services and improve transparency and accountability in the way funds are distributed to the ex service organisations that support Australia's veteran and defence communities.

The Review covered the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Program, Training Information Program (TIP), and the Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program.

The Review was completed in February 2011.  For more information on the Review including the full Review Report, charts and graphs, see the Review section of this website.

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