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Factsheet GS06 - Supporting Younger Veterans Grants


This Factsheet provides information about the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) Supporting Younger Veterans Grants and how to apply.

What are Supporting Younger Veterans grants?

The Supporting Younger Veterans grants are to assist younger veterans as they leave the Australian Defence Force and integrate back into civilian life, with all the challenges that accompany this unique transition.  Younger veterans are considered to be those with service after 1999.

The grants are to:

  • encourage partnerships that deliver innovative and sustainable services for younger veterans and build community capacity to meet their needs, and/or 
  • raise awareness of the important issues faced by younger veterans.

How can the grants be used?

Supporting Younger Veterans Grants are for scoping and developing services and projects that:

  • are innovative and tailored to suit the needs of younger veterans,
  • develop capability within the veteran community,
  • can be delivered in a sustainable way,
  • increase collaboration among organisations; and
  • complement services already provided by the Australian Government.

Supporting Younger Veterans grants are not for recurrent or ongoing financial assistance.

More information on the Supporting Younger Veterans grants program, including the Grant Opportunity Guidelines will be available on the Community Grants Hub when the grant round opens.

Who can apply?

Ex-service organisations that provide support and services to veterans with military service after 1999, or are adapting their business model to focus on this cohort, can apply for a Supporting Younger Veteran grant.

Other organisations may also apply if they are in partnership with at least one ex-service organisation that directly provides support and services to veterans.

When do applications open?

There is one Supporting Younger Veterans grants funding round each year, with applications generally opening in early July.

You can register to receive updates from the Community Grants Hub 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 Supporting Younger Veterans grants page on the DVA website will also have information about when the next grant round opens.

When do applications close?

The closing date for Supporting Younger Veterans applications will be available on the Community Grants Hub once the next round opens.

The Supporting Younger Veteran grants application period will generally close in early September each year.

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

How do I apply?

Applications for Supporting Younger Veterans Grants are submitted online through the Australian Government’s Community Grants Hub.

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 Supporting Younger Veterans Grants 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 application for a Supporting Younger Veteran grant after the closing date and when the assessment process is completed.

What happens if my grant application is successful?

When a 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 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 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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3 July 2018