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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

$4.5m on offer to veterans’ organisations

Ex-service organisations (ESOs) are being encouraged to apply for a share of $4.5 million funding through the Federal Government’s Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Keogh said applications for grants were now open and encouraged ESOs that provide compensation and/or wellbeing advocacy services to veterans and families to apply.

“ESOs play a vital role in supporting the veteran community, providing localised services and support to current and former serving personnel,” Minister Keogh said.

“This Australian Government funding will support ESOs provide advocacy services, to ensure veterans are receiving accurate advice and assistance about claims, entitlements and services.”

Grant funding awarded through the BEST grants program, managed by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, must be used for covering costs relating to advocacy services, and is available to all ESOs that provide this type of support.

“Having advocates who are Advocacy Training and Development Program qualified, providing support to veterans means claims can be submitted at a faster rate, and to a high standard. When claims are submitted with all required documentation, it ultimately means veterans get the help they need faster,” Mr Keogh said.

“By applying for a BEST grant, ESOs can continue to provide essential services to the veteran community.”

Applications are now open, and will close at 9pm AEDT on 23 February 2023. For more information about the program, including information on how to apply, visit grants.gov.au.

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