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Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) 2020-21

January 13, 2020

A new grant round of the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) program (the program) opened for applications on Monday 6 January 2020 and closes at 11:00PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on Monday 17 February 2020.

The Australian Government has announced a total of $4.205 million (GST exclusive) for the 2020-21 financial year for the program. Funding is available for eligible organisations to apply through a targeted non-competitive process. The maximum grant period is one year.

We recognise that the recent bushfires have had a devastating impact on our local communities. If your organisation has been impacted by these bushfires, and you think it may affect you or cause delays in lodging your application for a BEST grant, you may wish to complete a late application request.
Applicants seeking to submit a late application will be required to submit a late application request form to the Community Grants Hub. The request should include a detailed explanation of the circumstances that prevented the application being submitted prior to the closing time. The late application request form and instructions for how to submit it can be found on the Community Grants Hub website.
If you or members of your organisation need further support from DVA during this difficult time, please visit the DVA website for information on the disaster assistance services we offer. At this time, we also wanted to remind you that DVA’s Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling service, is also available to provide support 24/7 on 1800 011 046.

The program forms part of the Government’s commitment to support the role of ex-service organisation (ESO) pension and welfare practitioners and advocates, who provide advice and assistance to the veteran and defence communities. It also links closely to the Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP), which provides the essential skills for claims, advocacy and welfare work. The program is intended to assist the veteran and defence communities by providing support and resources to ESO practitioners for pensions, advocacy and/or welfare work. It assists ESOs by providing a contribution to the work of these practitioners. It does not fully fund an organisation.

This grant opportunity will be administered by the Community Grants Hub on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

If you require additional information about this grant opportunity, please refer to the Community Grants Hub or GrantConnect websites, or contact the Community Grants Hub on 1800 020 283 (option 1) or email [email protected].