Veteran and Community Grants Program

Last updated: 
23 December 2020

Information about COVID-19 and the Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program

DVA’s number one priority is the health and wellbeing of Australia’s veteran community. COVID-19 represents a significant challenge both in Australia and internationally.

The projects and activities your organisation delivers with V&CG funding continue to play an important role in supporting the Australian veteran community during this difficult time.

V&CG is a targeted competitive program that accepts applications once a year. DVA and the Community Grants Hub (Hub) continue to accept and assess grant applications, offer grant agreements and manage grants already in place, at this time. The 2020-21 V&CG round is currently open for applications and will close on 29 January 2021.

Applicants should carefully consider the activities that funding is being sought for, to ensure that they can be safely delivered, including adhering to COVID-19 social distancing or other public health measures. Australian Government information and advice for limiting the spread of COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health website.

If your organisation temporarily cannot operate, or deliver the project or activity that funding has been provided for in a previous funding round (due to social distancing requirements or your event has been postponed), please contact us. DVA and the Hub will work with you to consider available options. Please contact your Funding Arrangement Manager to work with you, if you can't contact your regular Funding Arrangement Manager, please contact the Community Grants Hub on support [at] or telephone 1800 020 283 (option 6).

Please note that arrangements may be different for other DVA grant programs, as their rounds operate differently. Visit each programs' page for more information.

This advice will be updated if there are changes in the future.


The objective of the Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program is to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the Australian veteran community by providing funding for projects that sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.

Two categories of grants are available under the V&CG program:

  • A) Small Grants – Grants of up to $20,000 are available for local, community-based projects and activities. These grants are for practical projects and activities that support safe, accessible environments for veterans and their families to enable social connection and positive engagement to improve wellbeing. The vast majority of grants offered under the 2020-21 grant opportunity are for Small Grants.
  • B) Large Grants - At the discretion of the decision maker, a small number of Large Grants of up to $150,000 are available for projects that deliver wellbeing support services and activities of broad scale benefit to the veteran community.

Community Grants Hub

V&CG grants are managed on-line through the Community Grants Hub (the Hub). The Hub website is a centralised portal where you can search for available grants, view the Grant Opportunity Guidelines and submit applications. The Hub website has comprehensive information for applicants interested in applying for grants, including support for developing and submitting applications.

Grant opportunity guidelines

You can access the Grant Opportunity Guidelines for V&CG Grants by visiting Community Grants Hub.

Note: The links will only work while the grant round is open. Direct any questions to the Community Grants Hub via email at support [at] or by phone on 1800 020 283.

How to apply

You must submit your grant application using the application form, which is available at Community Grants Hub and GrantConnect when the round is open.

Approved grants lists For a list of V&CG grants that have been approved see Grant Awards on GrantConnect and type the following phrase into the advanced search field: Veteran and Community Grants.