Pearce community groups encouraged to apply for DVA grants in 2017

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has called on local community groups to apply for Australian Government grants provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to support projects that honour Australia’s military history and personnel.


“Last year more than $33,000 in DVA grants were awarded to community groups in Pearce,” Mr Porter said.


“As a community we continue to honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who work to defend our country and this is why the Australian Government offers grants to support local projects.


“The grants that are available through the DVA are another example of the Government’s efforts to support our past and present servicemen and women.


“Any group can apply for grant funding towards activities that assist the health and quality of life of our veterans or commemorative projects that honour our military history. 


“I encourage groups in Pearce to explore the available grants and apply if they believe it will benefit our community or their organisation.”
In 2017, DVA will run funding rounds in the grant programs described below:


- The Saluting Their Service (STS) commemorations program provides funding to eligible organisations for projects that contribute to Australia’s understanding of its wartime heritage and honour the service and sacrifice of its servicemen and women. Two categories of grants are available under the STS Program:
      - Community Commemorative Grants (CCG) – up to $4,000 in funding for projects that enable small communities to build memorials and preserve wartime memorabilia that are locally significant. 
      - Major Commemorative Grants (MCG) – funding in excess of $4,000 is available for significant projects at a national or state/territory level. This program has two funding rounds. The first round opens on 1 July and the second round opens on 4 January.      


- 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. 


- The Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Program supports ex-service organisations (“ESOs”) to provide compensation and welfare assistance to the veteran and Defence communities. BEST is an annual grants program, which opens on 1 February and closes on 31 March each year. 


- The Grants-In-Aid Program (GIA) provides administrative support in recognition of the work national ESOs do to support the veteran community. The program helps fund activities aimed at improving connectedness between the head office of a national organisation and its state and local branches. These activities play an important role in ensuring the issues faced by local veterans, regardless of when or where they served, are shared and understood by ESOs and the Australian Government. GIA is an annual funding program that is open from 1 February to 31 March each year and is only available to nations ESOs. 


As a result of the commitment made by the Coalition during the 2016 election to provide $4 million over four years to support younger veterans, a new grants program – Supporting Younger Veterans – will be established to assist projects that seek to engage and actively involve our younger veterans.


The Supporting Younger Veterans program will commence in the first quarter of the 2017–18 financial year. More details will be available in the second quarter of 2017.


For further information on this program or any of the others, please see DVA’s website (http://www.dva.gov.au/consultation-and-grants/grants), which contains information on each of DVA’s grant programs and how to apply.