Veteran Community

Grants Program


The Oasis Townsville (with support from NQPHN) will run a Veteran Community Grants Program. The first round will seek activities that run from May to October 2021.


This program is an extension of one of the most successful activities from Operation COMPASS - the National Suicide Prevention Trial for the ex-ADF Community, including their families.


The grants, each valued up to $25k per recipient organisation, are intended to encourage applications from Ex-Service Organisation (ESOs), veteran community groups and associations. Projects and activities are sought that improve the wellbeing of the members of the ex-ADF community, including families. 

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must benefit members of the ex-ADF community (including families).

  2. Must be conducted in NQ

  3. Focus must be on at least one of the following areas to assist ex-ADF members and their families:

    1. strong social connections

    2. good physical health,

    3. good mental health,

    4. respect and recognition

  4. Activity must be completed by October 2021

  5. Should demonstrate the activity/project can be continued

Selection Criteria

Each of the following criteria will be weighted and used to assess each application to prioritise the most suitable, acceptable and feasible projects to gain the most value for the funds available:

  1. degree of risk to persons and property (looking for less risk)

  2. effective cost per veteran or family member (looking for best effect per dollar)

  3. likelihood of reaching the most vulnerable of our community (looking to access those who are at greatest risk and hardest to reach)

  4. degree of difficulty in achieving the desired effect (looking for likelihood of success achievement)

  5. degree of imagination (looking for new ideas)

  6. degree of innovation (looking for ways of achieving the desired effect using a different approach)

  7. likelihood of a sustainable activity being generated past the end of the grant program (looking for ideas that are not necessarily one-offs that need ongoing funding to sustain activity)

Key Dates

Step 1 Expression of Interest: 8 April by 1200h

Invitation to Step 2: 24 April 

Panel Assessment and Board Approval Period: 6 May

Notice of Decision : 10 May

Earliest Program Start Date: mid May 

Selection Process 

The Process for the selection of the grants to be awarded funds by The Oasis Townsville is a two-pass process.

Step 1. Complete the Expression of Interest (EoI) on this website and click SUBMIT. The EoI seeks basic information and a short narrative (who, what, when, where, how in 300 words). 

Following a review of the EoIs submitted, short-listed applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal. The invitation to progress to Step 2 will be determined based on an assessment of the selection criteria.


Step 2. Every organisation that submitted an EoI will be notified of the progression, or not, of their submission. If your EoI is selected to progress, an email seeking a Detailed Application will be sent to you. Before submitting an EoI you should be confident of being able to provide the following information:

  • Bank account details (BSB, account number and account name)

  • ABN (takes 15min to get one - you can use your own name to register here)

  • Confirmation of insurances

  • And these (which we will assist with if you need a little help):

    • Project Plan Budget

    • Risk Management Plan

    • Sustainability Plan

    • Engagement and Promotion Plan

Consideration of the Detailed Applications involves an assessment against the selection criteria by the Selection Panel who will decide which applications will be awarded a grant. Successful organisations will then be notified and funds transferred to accounts.

During the conduct of the grant round, successful organisations will be requested and encouraged to take part in various public relations activities to showcase their project. All grantees will also be required to participate in an evaluation, which will be an instrument adapted for our purposes. Participating organisations will be invited to become Ambassadors of The Oasis Townsville and conferred at The Veteran Health Week activity conducted at The Oasis Townsville in late October. And at the end of the Small Grants Program Round, each grantee will be required to submit a short post-activity report.