Grants In Aid

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The grant opportunity aims to support the role of national ESOs to provide coordinating and representational support for the Australian veteran and Defence community. 

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How can the grants be used?

Grants-In-Aid are 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 veteran and defence communities.
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Who can apply?

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

  • have direct links to with the ex-service community
  • their membership consists primarily of veterans, past and present members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and/or their dependants and has branches of offices in a majority of states and territories
  • are established primarily to represent the interests of members, to provide pensions, advocacy and/or welfare assistance to veterans, past and present members of the ADF and/or their dependants 
  • do not operate as a business or charge any fee for acting on behalf of the veterans, past and present members of the ADF and/or their dependants in the provision of claims or welfare services
  • have objectives that aim to benefit the welfare of its members nationally
  • are incorporated in the states and territories in which it is established and/or acts, and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission.
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How do I apply?

To apply for a Grant-In-Aid, use the Community Grants Hub.

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

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 Community Grants Hub and select 'Subscribe for updates'.

Assistance can be obtained through the Community Grants Hub.  Phone 1800 020 283 or send an email to support [at]

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.

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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.

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When will I know the outcome of my application?

You will be notified of the outcome of your application for a Grant-in-Aid after the closing date and when the assessment process is completed.

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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 until all previous DVA grants have been acquitted.

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