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DVA is aware of potential scam websites claiming to offer money in the form of government funding.
When applying for any funding from DVA, grant applicants are not asked to pay any “administration fee” to process or release grant funds.
DVA takes your privacy seriously. Detailed application guidelines for each of our grant programs are available below.
You can also read more about how DVA manages personal informational under our privacy notice.
For a list of grants that have been approved see the Approved grants page
- Grants schemes - an overview (GS01)
- Building excellence in support and training (GS02)
- Grants-In-Aid Program (GS05)
- Veteran and Community Grants (GS03)
- Long Tan bursary (GS04)
Building Excellence in Support and Training
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.
This program aims to support the role of National ESOs to provide coordinating and representational support within the veteran and Defence community.
The new round opened on 1 February 2017
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.
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.
Saluting Their Service commemorations grants
Saluting Their Service grants support projects and activities which promote appreciation and understanding of Australia’s servicemen and women who served in wars, conflicts and peace operations.
Supporting Younger Veterans grants
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.
Veteran and Community Grants
The Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program aims to improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community. This program provides funding for projects that support activities and services to sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.