Local organisations receive funding to support veterans’ health and wellbeing

Twenty-eight local organisations that provide activities to boost the health and wellbeing of veterans and their families across Australia were today announced as recipients of the Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the more than $470,000 in funding would support these organisations to run activities to help reduce social isolation, purchase essential equipment and improve existing programs and services for veterans and their families.

“These organisations and communities are committed to putting veterans and their families first, and these grants help them to run programs at a grassroots level that provide real benefits,” Mr Chester said.

“The health and wellbeing of veterans and their families is a top priority for the Government and social connectedness is a vital part of improving the mental health of veterans and their families.

“Congratulations to all participating community and ex-service organisations that have been offered funding. I encourage other local organisations to apply for future DVA grants programs.”

The Government is committed to supporting and collaborating with local veteran organisations so they can continue to deliver essential, on the ground services to veterans and their families to meet the changing needs of their local veteran communities.

DVA recognises the potential impact coronavirus may have on recipients completing their projects with social distancing and other public health measures in place across the country. The grants offer will be available for the initial 12 month period, however if the organisation requires more time to complete their project due to coronavirus, DVA will consider extending the length of the agreement on a case by case basis. This flexibility will ensure all of the successful organisations can deliver their projects within a reasonable timeframe and continue to deliver great support their local veteran community.

You can view a full list of the latest announced grants below.

Veteran and Community Grants 2019/20 Batch 4

RecipientLocationFunding descriptionAmount $
The Cuppacumbalong Foundation Limited TharwaTo conduct traditional blacksmithing and metalcraft classes for regional veterans and their families $57,600.00
RecipientLocationFunding descriptionAmount $
RSL Sussex Inlet Sub-BranchSussex InletTo replace an air conditioner in the Sub-Branch memorial hall$9,980.00
National Diggers Bowls CarnivalDubboTo hire buses to transport veterans to the 13th Annual National Diggers Bowls Carnival$3,630.00
Tweed Valley Murwillumbah National Servicemen Sub-BranchMurwillumbahTo undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation$19,580.00
NEW SOUTH WALES

RecipientLocationFunding descriptionAmount $
RSL Sussex Inlet Sub-BranchSussex InletTo replace an air conditioner in the Sub-Branch memorial hall$9,980.00
National Diggers Bowls CarnivalDubboTo hire buses to transport veterans to the 13th Annual National Diggers Bowls Carnival$3,630.00
Tweed Valley Murwillumbah National Servicemen Sub-BranchMurwillumbahTo undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation$19,580.00
QUEENSLAND

RecipientLocationFunding descriptionAmount $
RAAF Amberley BandBundamba To purchase replacement drums for the Amberley Pipe and Drums pipe band $25,000.00
RSLA (QLD Branch) Caloundra Sub-BranchCaloundra To purchase a defibrillator to support the health and safety of members $1,795.50
National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Queensland) IncorporatedAtherton To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation$3,635.00
RSLA (QLD Branch) Charleville Sub-BranchLalorTo purchase a defibrillator to support the health and safety of members$2,000.00
RSLA (QLD Branch) Nanango Sub-BranchNanango To upgrade the kitchen facilities $54,511.00
Rotary Club of Currumbin-Coolangatta-Tweed IncorporatedElanora To purchase audio machines to enable visually impaired veterans to listen to audio books $1,100.00
RSLA (QLD Branch) Currumbin Palm BeachCurrumbin To implement a holistic well-being program for young veterans and their families $10,450.00
4 Aussie Heroes Foundation LimitedCorinda To conduct a series of workshops for veterans suffering PTSD $33,400.00
Australian Flying Corps & Royal Australian Air Force Association QLD Division IncorporatedWyreema To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation$10,382.00
SOUTH AUSTRALIA

RecipientLocationFunding descriptionAmount $
RSLA Nuriootpa Sub-BranchNuriootpaTo upgrade the kitchen facilities to ensure a safe environment for members and guests $33,166.00
Mannum Men’s Shed IncorporatedMannumTo purchase and erect an all-weather pergola at the men’s shed $23,905.00
RSL (Largs Bay Sub Branch) IncorporatedLargs NorthTo upgrade the outside recreational / meeting area $29,120.00
Trojan’s Trek Foundation LimitedUpper SturtTo assist with expansion of the four stages of the Trojan’s Trek intervention program $23,119.86
VICTORIA

RecipientLocationFunding descriptionAmount $
Ballarat Veterans Assistance Centre IncorporatedBallarat EastTo install an all accessibility toilet to cater for a diverse range of user needs$30,000.00
South Eastern Group of Melbourne Legacy IncorporatedDandenong NorthTo undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation$4,000.00
Whirlybird Day ClubHallamTo undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation$6,500.00
RSL Wangaratta Sub-Branch IncorporatedWangarattaTo purchase a replacement bus to support veterans with transport to appointments and social engagements$42,785.00
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Victorian Branch To purchase a defibrillator and provide volunteer training in its use$2,395.00
Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women’s Association of VIC IncorporatedNorth MelbourneTo undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation$22,245.00
RSL Warrnambool Sub-Branch IncorporatedWarrnamboolTo offer a pilot 10‑week financial education and behaviour change program to 5 Warrnambool veteran families$4,471.00
RSL Warrnambool Sub-Branch IncorporatedWarrnamboolTo replace a laptop computer to assist with the production of a newsletter and organisation of club outings$1,454.00
WESTERN AUSTRALIA

RecipientLocationFunding descriptionAmount $
RSL Busselton Sub-BranchBusseltonTo provide a health and wellbeing program for veterans, families and carers $6,950.00
Bridgetown’s Grumpy Old Men IncorporatedBridgetownTo purchase replacement wood working equipment$2,294.15

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