Grants available for Supporting Younger Veterans

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today encouraged community and ex-service organisations to apply for grants for projects that deliver sustainable services for younger veterans.

“There is $1 million available in the second round of the Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) program for projects that build community support and service the unique needs of younger veterans transitioning to civilian life,” Mr O’Brien said.

The grants program recognises the importance of the transition phase for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel as they leave the military.

Applications are invited for a range of initiatives including mentoring, team building,
self-improvement, and creative activities that promote social inclusion and peer-to-peer support for younger veterans.

“There were 11 projects funded under the first round of program, ranging from art, writing and higher education programs to research and support for emergency accommodation.” Mr O’Brien said.

The SYV grants program will provide $4.25 million over five years and delivers another Coalition Government election commitment to support the needs of younger veterans as they leave the ADF.

Younger servicemen and women can face unique transition challenges as they leave the ADF and integrate back into civilian life. These grants will assist in raising awareness of the important issues facing younger veterans.

Applications for this round of SYV grants close on 1 September 2017, with successful applicants announced later in the year.

More information about the SYV grants program, including how to submit an application can be found online at www.dva.gov.au/consultation-and-grants/grants.

Alternatively the Department of Veterans’ Affairs can be contacted by phone on 133 254.