Joint Media release with Minister For Veterans’ Affairs The Hon Dan Tehan
Northern Territory community and ex-service organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants for projects that deliver sustainable services for younger veterans.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) grants programme recognised the importance of the transition phase for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel as they left the military.
“Funding of $1 million is available in the second round for projects that build community support and service the unique needs of younger veterans transitioning to civilian life,” Senator Scullion said.
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.
“An enthusiastic response to the first round of SYV grants resulted in 11 projects being funded ranging from art, writing and higher education programmes to research and support for emergency accommodation,” Senator Scullion said.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, said the SYV grants programme would provide $4.25 million over five years and deliver on another election commitment to support the needs of younger veterans as they left the ADF.
“We understand that younger servicemen and women 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,” Minister Tehan said.
Applications for this round of SYV grants will close on 1 September 2017, with successful applicants announced later in the year.
More information about the SYV grants programme, including how to submit an application can be found online at www.dva.gov.au/consultation-and-grants/grants or by ringing 133 254.