Building Excellence in Support and Training grants

Last updated: 
20 January 2020

Grants advice regarding Covid-19

The 2020/21 Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) funding round closed for applications on 17 February 2020. Assessment of applications for this program is ongoing. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in due course. If there are any changes due to COVID-19 advice will be provided on the DVA website and at

About the grants

Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants support ex-service organisations (ESOs) in providing compensation and welfare assistance to the Defence and veteran communities.

These grants are calculated using a formula based on each eligible organisation's advocacy workload, calculated as a percentage of the national workload. This percentage is then used to determine that organisations share of the available funding.

This grants program links closely with the Advocacy Training and Development Program, which provides training, support and accreditation for advocates.

For more information see  Building Excellence in Support and Training.

Apply for a BEST grant

To apply for a BEST grant, use the online Community Grants Hub.

The Grant Opportunity Guidelines and information about how to apply are available on the Community Grants Hub.

To receive an email when grants are open for applications, go to the 'Subscribe for updates' Form.

For more information about the Hub, see the DVA Community Grants Hub website.

Application help

Assistance can be obtained through the Community Grants Hub.

Email support [at] or phone 1800 020 283.

If you think you may need help please ask early. This means any problems can be sorted out in time for your application to be considered for funding.

Approved grants lists

For a list of BEST grants that have been approved see Approved grants.