Veteran Community Grants  Program

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. 

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.