Grants

Last updated: 
17 January 2020

Grant Advice regarding Covid-19

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) number one priority is the health and wellbeing of Australia’s veteran community. COVID-19 represents a significant challenge both in Australia and internationally. For this reason, DVA may review some of its grant arrangements to support the Australian Government’s guidelines for limiting the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus): https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

The Community Grants Hub continues to administer DVA grants programs. Current DVA Grant Opportunities can be found here: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants.

DVA recognises the potential impact coronavirus restrictions in place across the country may have on recipients undertaking activities funded under DVA’s grant programs.

DVA expects funded projects to comply with restrictions in place at the time the service or activity is delivered.  Where possible, grantees are encouraged to adapt services or activities to comply with the restrictions, for example by holding video conferences rather than face to face events.

However, each grant offer is available for a 12 month period. If an organisation requires more time to undertake the project due to coronavirus restrictions, DVA will consider extending the length of agreements on a case-by-case basis.  If you would like to seek an extension to a funding agreement due to the impact of coronavirus, please submit your request in writing to the Hub at: support [at] communitygrants.gov.au.

It is important that you review the Grant Opportunity Guidelines to confirm any changes to project eligibility arising from the developing Australian response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For further information about the impacts on each of the DVA grant programs please visit each program’s information page.

As further advice regarding DVA’s COVID-19 response becomes available, it will be published on the DVA website: https://www.dva.gov.au/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-information.

Overview of grants

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) offers a range of grant programs to assist with providing support to veterans and their families.  These grants support the commemoration of Australia’s wartime heritage and the development and extension of innovative and sustainable new services to build community capability. 

All DVA grants are now advertised on the Community Grants Hub (The Hub) website. The Hub provides a central and consistent online grant application and management process for DVA’s grant applicants and recipients. The Hub website can be found at www.communitygrants.gov.au

The Hub is also the main contact point for any queries applicants have about their grant applications and can be contacted on 1800 020 283 or email support [at] communitygrants.gov.au

When the round opens the grant guidelines will be posted on the Hub website along with Questions and Answers and other supporting information. Applicants should consider these guidelines closely to ensure they have the best chance of lodging a successful grant application.

Anyone can sign up to receive notifications of new grant opportunities as they are released. To do this, go to the Hub website, select 'Subscribe for updates' and complete the on-line form.  You will then receive an email when each round opens. 

Information to help you apply for grants is available at Learn how to apply on the Hub website.

To find out more about each DVA grant type select its name from the following list:

Grant type
Veteran and Community Grants
Saluting Their Service — Commemorations Program
Grants-in-Aid
Building Excellence in Support and Training
Supporting Younger Veterans Grants

Approved grants

From 31 December 2017 all approved grants (Grant Awards) are published on GrantConnect within 21 days of a grant agreement taking effect. Grant Awards published before 31 December 2017 can be found at approved grants.

Other DVA grants and bursaries

The following programs are managed by DVA:

Long Tan Bursary scheme

The Long Tan Bursary scheme provides funding to help Australian Vietnam Veterans' children meet the cost of post-secondary education and obtain the formal qualifications and skills to pursue their chosen career.

For more information, and to find out how to apply, visit the Long Tan Bursary scheme

Overseas privately-constructed memorial restoration program

The Overseas privately-constructed memorial restoration program provides grants to assist Australian veterans and other individuals in the restoration and preservation of existing overseas military unit and battle memorials.

For more information, and to find out how to apply, visit Overseas privately-constructed memorial restoration program.

Be aware of grant scams

Grant applicants are warned to be aware of government grant scams and to be cautious of websites offering access to databases of government grants for a fee.

Applicants for Australian Government grants are not charged any administration or application fees.

For further information visit Scamwatch.