ACT Veterans Grants Program

ACT Veterans Grants Program

ACT Grants, Grants - Open grants

The ACT Veterans grants program is open and will close on the 30th of October, 2020.

A total funding pool of $70,000 (GST exclusive) is available through the 2020‑21 Veterans Grant Program across all funding priorities. A further $10,000 will be available in a second round to provide funding later in the 2020-21 financial year, for amounts up to $2,000.

Grant Overview:

ACT Veterans Grants Program aims to support veterans and their families’ well-being and social inclusion.

Non-recurrent grants of up to $10,000 (GST exclusive) are available for projects which will be completed by 31 July 2021 that support the program’s funding priorities.
If more than one organisation applies for funding to work together to deliver a project, the total funding provided for the project cannot exceed $5,000.


Who Can Apply for ACT Veterans Program?

  • Eligible applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
    – The applicant organisation must be one of the following:
    a) A not-for-profit incorporated association or company
    b) A not-for-profit organisation with other legal status
    c) A not-for-profit organisation in an auspice arrangement with one of the above (a or b)
  • Applicants (or auspice organisations) must have a current public liability insurance policy with a cover of a minimum of $10 million.
  • Provide programs/activities for the benefit of residents of the ACT.
  • Have no overdue reporting obligations for any previous ACT Government grant including: evaluations, acquittal reports and audited financial statements.
  • Applicants must ensure that the declaration at the end of the application form is made by the Chief Executive Officer, President or equivalent of the applicant organisation (or the auspice organisation if applicable). This person must have the financial and management responsibility for the organisation.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include those that address the following priority areas:

  1. Support and participation for veterans
  • Projects, activities or initiatives which promote inclusion and participation for veterans and their families. This includes projects which improve employment, health and well-being outcomes for veterans and their families that promote participation in the following:
    a) Sport
    b) The arts
    c) Life style programs
    d) Skill development
    e) Other social engagement focused programs

2. Communication and education

  • Projects, activities or initiatives that assist veteran specific and mainstream organisations increase their capacity to link veterans and their families with supports available.

3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans

  • Projects, activities or initiatives which relate to the priorities listed in the Guidelines that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:

  • Priorities: The proposal aligns with the funding priorities in the Guidelines.
  • Capacity: The proposal demonstrates that the organisation has the capacity to deliver the project and manage the funding.
  • Community building/partnerships: The proposal outlines how the project will build capacity within the community to carry the project aims beyond the 12 month funding period.
  • Budget: The budget is realistic and clearly details all expenditure for the project and demonstrates value for money.
  • Geographic spread: The funds are expended in a way to ensure access to programs across the Territory.


The following are ineligible for funding:

  • Individuals, profit making groups, government entities or registered political parties.
  • Projects that do not contribute to the aim of the program.
  • Ongoing/recurrent funding.
  • Projects where alternative sources of funding are more appropriate.
  • Projects that are a duplication of an existing service, program, project or event.
  • Projects which have a political or religious purpose or objective.
  • Projects that do not occur primarily within the Australian Capital Territory.
  • Salaries where the salary forms part of the organisations/individual usual responsibility.
  • Recurrent operating or maintenance costs for day-to-day operations of the organisation.
  • Retrospective costs – projects or purchases which have already taken place.
  • Debt payment.
  • Commitments such as contracts, hire purchases or rental agreements for any goods beyond the 12-month funding period.
  • Purchase or lease of real estate.
  • Festivals, parties, or alcohol.
  • Prize money.
  • Projects which are deemed to be inappropriate and offensive.

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