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Supporting Younger Veterans grants program

Supporting Younger Veterans Grants are to assist younger veterans as they leave the Australian Defence Force and integrate back into civilian life, with all the challenges that accompany that unique transition.

The Supporting Younger Veterans grants program provides $4.25 million over five years to ex-service organisations 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.  

Future rounds of the grants will be allocated $1m each financial year. They will open on 1 July and close 1 September each year until 2020.

There is no maximum or minimum amount that can be applied for. All applications will be assessed on their merits and subject to a cost-benefit analysis.

Funding can be used to deliver projects and activities that:         

  • develop capability in the veteran community to service the unique needs of younger veterans
  • support the development of well-researched and tailored services for younger veterans
  • fund organisations that can deliver sustainable services to younger veterans now and into the future
  • increase collaboration among organisations to expand services and harness existing expertise, and/or
  • increase awareness of younger veteran issues and/or services in the Australian and veteran communities, where doing so would benefit younger veterans.

Eligible organisations

Ex-service organisations that provide support and services specifically to veterans with military service after 1999, or are adapting their business model to focus on this cohort, can apply for a Supporting Younger Veterans Grant.

Other organisations may be eligible if they are in partnership with at least one ex-service organisation that directly provides support and services to veterans.

Opening of next round

The next round of Supporting Younger Veterans grants is expected to open in July 2018 and close in September 2018. You will lodge your application online through the Australian Government’s Community Grants Hub.

When the round opens, the Grant Opportunity Guidelines and information about how to apply will be available on the Hub.

To receive an email when grants are open for applications, go to the Community Grants Hub  and click on the red ‘Subscribe for updates’ button.

For those who wish to consider their application before the next round opens on the Hub in July 2018, the previous DVA Grant Guidelines are provided here.

Please note that these are only a guide and when the round opens on the Community Grants Hub you must read and understand the Grant Opportunity Guidelines provided there, before commencing your online application.

How to apply

From July 2018 you will apply for a Supporting Younger Veterans Grant online through the Australian Government’s Community Grants Hub.

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

Application help

Assistance can be obtained through the Community Grants Hub .  Phone 1800 020 283 or send an email to support@communitygrants.gov.au.

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.

Approved grants lists

For information on approved grants see Approved grants.

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