Veteran and Community Grants program – 2020-21 applications open

Dear ESORT Grants Working Group members

Thank you again for your feedback earlier this year on a number of DVA’s grants programs.

I am pleased to advise that the 2020-21 funding round of the Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program opens today and will close on 29 January 2021. The updated guidelines for this round reflect the changes discussed by the Working Group, including:

  • Eligibility is now limited to ex-service organisations (ESOs), or non-ESOs working in partnership with an ESO, to ensure a strong understanding of and connection to the veteran community.
  • This year, applications 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 are being encouraged. Projects could include improvements that make community spaces safer and more accessible, equipment that will enable COVID-safe activities, or assistance to connect online.
  • Small 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 in 2020-21 will be for small grants.
  • 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.
  • Consideration will be given to awarding partial funding of larger projects to allow for further opportunities to support a greater number of projects overall.

Other key changes to the program in 2020-21 are:

  • one funding opportunity each year (rather than the previous four batches) to reduce administrative burden and support earlier support more timely access to grant funds for successful applicants.
  • the guidelines on eligible and ineligible expenditure have changed from previous funding rounds, with a new emphasis on practical smaller projects.
  • the program is now competitive, meaning that applications will be assessed against the criteria, and then ranked against other applications in the same funding opportunity round (previously applications were considered through an open non-competitive grant process where applications were assessed against the assessment criteria only).

These changes will improve DVA’s capacity to identify and fund projects that offer the best support for Australian veterans and their families; and are one part of DVA’s ongoing efforts to improve its grants programs.

The Guidelines and application form are available on the Community Grants Hub website at www.communitygrants.gov.au  Assistance with grant application queries is also available by phone: 1800 020 283 or email: support@communitygrants.gov.au.

We are continuing to consider your feedback on DVA’s other grants programs.

Thank you

Kind regards

Tiki Stephens