Overview of Grants Programs

Last updated: 
22 January 2020

What DVA grants programs are available?

Building Excellence in Support and Training Grants (BEST) Program

The Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program supports ex-service organisations (ESOs) to provide compensation and welfare assistance to the veteran and Defence community. It also links closely to the Advocacy Training and Development Program, which provides the essential skills for claims, advocacy and welfare work.

Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG)

V&CG supports activities and services that sustain and/or enhance health and well being of veterans. It provides seed funding for projects that support a healthy, quality lifestyle for members of the veteran community and assist them to remain living independently in their own homes. V&CG also provides funding for initiatives that reduce social isolation, support carers and improve access to community services. Please see Veteran and Community Grants Program for more information.

Long Tan Bursary scheme (LTB)

The Long Tan Bursary scheme (LTB) provides funding to help children of Australian Vietnam veterans' to meet the cost of post-secondary education and help them obtain formal qualifications and skills needed to pursue their chosen career. Please see  Long Tan Bursary scheme for more information.

Grants-In-Aid (GIA)

The GIA program aims to encourage co‑operation and communication between the ex-service community, ex‑service organisations (ESOs) and the Australian Government and also aims to encourage the advancement of the objectives of ESOs. Please see Grants in Aid for more information.

Supporting Younger Veterans grants (SYV)

The Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) grant program provides funding to Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) to encourage partnerships that will deliver innovative and sustainable services for younger veterans and build community capacity to meet the needs of younger veterans.  The grants will also help raise awareness of the important issues faced by younger veterans. Please see Supporting Younger Veterans grants for more information.

Overseas Privately-Constructed Memorials Restoration Program Commemorations Grants (OPCMRP)

OPCMRP grants are available to eligible individuals, non-commercial organisations or community groups, who have an interest in seeing a particular privately-constructed overseas memorial restored and preserved. Memorials must directly commemorate Australia’s service men and women who served in wars, conflicts and peace operations. . Further information is available on the Overseas Privately-constructed Memorial Restoration Program page of the DVA website.

Saluting Their Service Commemorations Grants (STS)

STS grants support projects and activities that directly commemorate Australia’s servicemen and women who served in wars, conflicts and peace operations. STS grants also promote appreciation and understanding of the role those who have served have played in shaping the nation. Further information is available on the Saluting Their Service (STS) page.