The 2020-21 round of the Australian Government’s Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) grants program is now open to ex-service organisations (ESOs) and their partner community groups and organisations in the South West.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the program provides $1 million in funding to support the mental health and wellbeing of younger veterans across Australia.

“This program allows ESOs and other community groups to boost targeted support and services for younger veterans at the local level,” Mrs Marino said.

“Local communities know best what will benefit younger veterans and their families, and this funding will enable them to expand and improve existing services and support programs. It will also build the capacity for future services and raise awareness of the important issues our younger veterans face.

Mrs Marino said veteran mental health is a key priority for the Australian Government, with more than $11 billion invested in the delivery of essential services and programs, including access to free mental health care for veterans.

“We know that social connection is an important part of maintaining good mental health, so this round of grants will enable our local ESOs and community groups to improve existing programs or introduce new ones to support our younger veterans’ social wellbeing,” Mrs Marino said.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for local, community-based projects and activities, and a small number of large grants of up to $150,000 are also available for projects that deliver wellbeing support services and activities for the younger veteran community.

Applications for the SYV grants close 5 February 2021.

For more information or to submit an application, visit, call 1800 020 283 or email