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Factsheet GS05 - Grants-In-Aid (GIA) Program


This Factsheet provides information about the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) Grants‑In-Aid and how to apply.

What are Grants-In-Aid?

Grants-In-Aid are given to national ex-service organisations for projects and activities that:

  • encourage cooperation and communication between the ex-service community, ex‑service organisations and the Australian Government
  • encourage cooperation and communication between national ex-service organisations and their branches, sub-branches and affiliated organisations; and/or
  • support their branches, sub-branches and affiliated organisations in providing advocacy services to the Defence and veteran communities.

The maximum grant is $10,000.

How can the grants be used?

Grants-In-Aid are to help with the cost of:

  • conferences and other meetings, including fares, accommodation and venue hire
  • interactions with local, state, territory and Commonwealth government agencies; and
  • organisational improvements, such as training in representational skills for spokespeople in the organisation.

Grants-In-Aid are not available for salary assistance or the normal ongoing running costs of the organisation.

More information on the Grants-In-Aid program, including the Grants Opportunity Guidelines, will be available on the Community Grants Hub when the grant round opens.

Who can apply?

National ex-service organisations can apply for Grants-In-Aid if they:

  • perform the functions of a national representative body
  • have direct links with the ex-service community; and
  • undertake activities to benefit the welfare of its members.

When do applications open?

There is one Grants-In-Aid funding round each year, with applications generally opening in March.

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

The Grants-In-Aid page on the DVA website will also have information about when the next grant round opens.

When do applications close?

There is usually six weeks between when a Grants-in-Aid grant round opens and when it closes.

For more information, see the Community Grants Hub website or the DVA website

How do I apply?

Applications for Grants-in-Aid are submitted online through the Australian Government’s Community Grants Hub website.

There is more information about the Community Grants Hub on the DVA website

When a grant is open and accepting applications it will be listed on the Community Grants Hub 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  

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 Grants-In-Aid Grant Opportunity Guidelines.  These can be found on the Community Grants Hub 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 Grants-In-Aid application after the closing date and when the assessment process is completed.

What happens if my grant application is successful?

When a Grant-In-Aid 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 from DVA until all previous grants have been acquitted.

More Information

DVA General Enquiries

Phone: 1800 555 254 *



Factsheet Website:

Community Grants Hub

Online Application Support

Phone: 1800 020 283*

TTY: 1800 555 677*



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

Related Factsheets

GS01 Overview of Grants Programs


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 you or your organisation’s 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