Townsville Veteran Community Grants  Program by The Oasis

Each year, The Oasis Townsville runs a Community Grants Program to enhance connections in the Veteran Community. This program represents one of the key lessons from Operation COMPASS. 

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. 

2021 Program

On 22 June, we held an Oasis Veterans' Community Grants Presentation Ceremony at Home Base. 

The Oasis Townsville is proud to announce our 2021 recipients. After a detailed selection process, eight organisations were awarded for their innovative approach to improving the wellbeing and connectedness of the veteran community and their commitment to improved health outcomes for Veterans and their families in North Queensland.


We are looking forward to the progress they will make throughout our community. We will showcase each of them over the next few months. 

2021 Grantees' Profiles
















Art Menteeship Program

Fiona and Erin are two well-known artists in the NQ region. Their knowledge of the Townsville art scene will be passed onto Veterans and their families through a 12-week Art Menteeship program. Over eight weekly art sessions and four field trips to local studios, art events and art organisations they will establish Veterans and their families with a thorough knowledge of local resources that can set them up for participating independently in art in the tropics. The project will round off with an art exhibition featuring artwork from the veterans and families who have been mentored through the program.


Following a 14 months stint where CAPT Dylan Conway was bed-ridden after surgery, he turned to reading to train his mind whilst he could no longer train the body. Dylan then started the Brothers n’ Books initiative on Instagram, a place where other Defence personnel, first responders, or anyone who had faced adversity could tell their story and recommend books that helped them. The account now has over 4500 followers and gained the attention of several Australian authors. Dylan will be establishing two book libraries, a donation hub, a book club as well as a charity fundraising Read-a-thon to continue to share with others the healing benefits that reading can bring.


Life Skills QLD

are a Townsville family business with a connection to the Veteran community who believe in encouraging, educating and empowering people to have the confidence and abilities to easily tackle DIY projects. Veterans and their families will have the opportunity to forge social connections and learn some of these skills by participating in woodworking workshops at Life Skills Queensland.

NQ Legacy

Northern Queensland Legacy cares for the dependents of veterans who have given their life or health during or as a result of their service in the ADF. NQ Legacy cares for approximately 650 beneficiaries in the region. With the support of TOTSV, NQ Legacy will be engaging a consultant to develop a service delivery and training framework to support their volunteers which will allow them to deliver appropriate support programs to individuals and groups of beneficiaries. NQ Legacy will also hold a family day event, free of charge for Legacy beneficiaries, volunteers and families at The Oasis.

The Youth Network NQ (Shed 3)

Following on from the success of their Veteran’s art program through the funding rounds from OP Compass, Shed 3 have been inspired to continue their project. The project invites Veterans and their families to participate in weekly art workshops that will see them create 8 mosaic murals which are to be gifted to local schools for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day celebrations.

TPDESA Townsville

Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex-Servicepersons Association Townsville was established in 1950. They provide support, comfort and camaraderie to ex-servicemen and women who suffer permanent disabilities as a result of service in Australia's defence forces. T.P.D.E.S.A Townsville will provide a bus trip holiday for five days and four nights within the North Queensland region for 40 of its members.

YOLO Coaching

Deb offers extensive experience in wellbeing, leadership and training, including over 10 years of experience in leadership roles within the Australian Army. With a genuine passion for Behavioural Science and Professional Development/Training, Deb will provide an overnight wellness retreat for Veterans, carers and their families in the NQ region as well as provide the option for those who cannot stay overnight, to attend during the day only. Deb will also hold a Defence Community Enterprise Expo showcasing local Veterans owned businesses and services.

Annual Selection Requirements - Next Grant Round is in 2022.
Eligibility Requirements

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

  2. Must be conducted in NQ

  3. Must focus 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. Must be completed within 6 months of approval

  5. Should demonstrate the activity/project can be continued beyond the life of the grant

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 the likelihood of successful 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

The following key dates will be designated:

  • Step 1 Expression of Interest

  • Invitation to Step 2

  • Panel Assessment and Board Approval Period

  • Notice of Decision

  • Earliest Program Start Date 

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.