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Factsheet GS02 - Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST)

Purpose

This Factsheet provides information about the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) Building Excellence in Support and Training grants and how to apply.

What are Building Excellence in Support and Training grants?

Building Excellence in Support and Training grants support the work of ex-service organisations in providing advocacy services to the Defence and veteran communities.  Advocates give advice and assistance to the Defence and veteran communities about claims, entitlements and services.

A Building Excellence in Support and Training grant is intended to be a contribution towards the costs incurred by ex-service organisations in providing these services.  The grants do not cover all the costs of advocates, and organisations are expected to provide in kind or other support.

How can the grants be used?

Building Excellence in Support and Training grants are available to help with:

  • salary costs of advocates and administrative assistants; and/or
  • equipment and other costs incurred to support the work of paid and volunteer advocates and administrative assistants.

Building Excellence in Support and Training grants cannot be used for rent, electricity or other utility costs. 

Building Excellence in Support and Training grants are not available:

  • for rent, electricity or other utility costs
  • for any purpose other than advocacy
  • if the applicant has received a current grant from another source which fully funds the same activity or service; and/or
  • if the applicant charges for their advocacy services.

More information on the Building Excellence in Support and Training program, including the Grants Opportunity Guidelines, will be available on the Community Grants Hub www.communitygrants.gov.au website when the grant round opens.

Who can apply?

Ex-service organisations that provide advocacy services for the Defence and veteran community can apply for a Building Excellence in Support and Training grant.

The applicant needs to be an incorporated body under the relevant state or territory legislation.

DVA encourages organisations operating in the same region to cooperate in providing advocacy services.  It is understood that this is not always possible in regional and remote areas.

When do applications open?

There is one Building Excellence in Support and Training grant funding round each year, with applications generally opening in March.

You can register to receive updates from the Community Grants Hub www.communitygrants.gov.au website when grant programs open.  To do this, go to the Community Grants Hub, select 'Subscribe for updates' and complete the online form.  You will then receive an email when each round opens.

The Building Excellence in Support and Training grants page on the DVA website www.dva.gov.au/grants will also have information about when the next grant round opens.

When do applications close?

The closing date for Building Excellence in Support and Training applications will be available on the Community Grants Hub www.communitygrants.gov.au website once the next round opens.

There is usually six weeks between when a Building Excellence in Support and Training grant round opens and when it closes for applications.

For more information, see the Community Grants Hub www.communitygrants.gov.au website or the DVA Grants www.dva.gov.au/grants page website. 

How do I apply?

Applications for Building Excellence in Support and Training grants are submitted online through the Australian Government’s Community Grants Hub www.communitygrants.gov.au website.

There is more information about the Community Grants Hub on the DVA Grants www.dva.gov.au/grants page website 

When a grant is open and accepting applications it will be listed on the Community Grants Hub www.communitygrants.gov.au website under ‘Open grants’.

When you locate the grant you want, click the ‘View grant’ button and you will find information about the grant and how to apply, and a link to start the online application process.

If you need more help, phone the Hub on 1800 020 283 or send an email to support@communitygrants.gov.au.  

If you think you will need any help, ask for help early.  This will ensure that any issues can be worked through in time for your application to be considered for funding.

How are applications assessed?

Applications are assessed based on the criteria set out in the Building Excellence in Support and Training Grant Opportunity Guidelines.  These can be found on the Community Grants Hub www.communitygrants.gov.au website.

The recommendations are forwarded to Minister for Veterans’ Affairs who makes the final decision.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

You will be notified of the outcome of your application for a Building Excellence in Support and Training grant after the closing date and when the assessment process is completed.

What happens if my grant application is successful?

When a Building Excellence in Support and Training grant is approved you will be sent a Grant Agreement.  Payments are made after the applicant and DVA have both signed the Grant Agreement.

Grants need to be acquitted when the project is completed and within the timeframe specified in the Grant Agreement.

Applicants cannot receive another grant until all previous DVA grants have been acquitted.

More Information

DVA General Enquiries

Phone: 1800 555 254 *

Email: generalenquiries@dva.gov.au

Website: www.dva.gov.au

Factsheet Website: www.dva.gov.au/factsheets

Community Grants Hub

Online Application Support

Phone: 1800 020 283*

TTY: 1800 555 677*

Email: support@communitygrants.gov.au

Website: www.communitygrants.gov.au

*Calls from mobile phones and pay phones may incur additional charges.

Related Factsheets

GS01 Overview of Grants Programs

Disclaimer

The information contained in this Factsheet is general in nature and does not take into account individual circumstances. You should not make important decisions, such as those that affect your financial or lifestyle position on the basis of information contained in this Factsheet. Where you are required to lodge a written claim for a benefit, you must take full responsibility for your decisions prior to the written claim being determined. You should seek confirmation in writing of any oral advice you receive from DVA.

 

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9 March 2018