Veterans Capital Works Grant Program

Grants between $5000 and up to $50,000 (excluding GST) will be provided for projects which support building and facility improvements for not-for-profit organisations delivering services to veterans, their families and communities.

Veterans Capital Works Grant Program

$5,000 - $50,000
Government, not-for-profit groups

Applications are now closed. 

  • Priority will be given to projects that improve or increase the effective use of facilities.
  • Projects should be able to be completed within 12 months of the project approval date.
  • Cash and in-kind contributions towards the project will be favourably regarded.
  • Proposals may include project management fees up to 10% of total project costs exclusive of GST.
  • Funding is contingent on the premises being used by the applicant for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Organisations in receipt of revenue from electronic gaming may receive a lesser priority.


  • Victorian based organisations providing services for veterans, their families and communities are eligible, including:

    • ex-service organisations
    • local government authorities
    • not-for-profit organisations.

    Applications from other organisations may be considered on a case by case basis.

    In addition, to be eligible for funding applicants must:

    • be an incorporated body
    • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or provide written advice from the Australian Taxation Office that no withholding tax is required from the grant payment
    • be financially solvent
    • be based in Australia, provided the project is located in Victoria
    • have submitted a Final Report or Progress Report for any previously provided or current Victorian Government Veterans Grant.

    Unincorporated organisations can arrange for an incorporated organisation to act as an auspice on their behalf.

    See our Auspice form for auspice responsibilities:

    The Veterans Capital Works Grant programs will not fund:

    • an individual
    • commercial (for profit) organisation, unless designated by the Australian Taxation Office as an income tax exempt charity or income tax exempt entity or similar
    • projects that do not meet the eligibility criteria or align with the objectives of the program
    • privately owned projects or projects on private land
    • purchase of land, new buildings or vehicles
    • assistance to hospitals, nursing homes, health care centres, universities, technical colleges or schools
    • projects that are the responsibility of other authorities such as roads, footpaths, gutters
    • retrospective funding for projects that have already commenced (initial concept planning is expected for major projects)
    • business plans, feasibility studies or the costs for the design of facilities only (for example, detailed design of a facility or single site masterplans)
    • purchase of small electrical items, for example, whitegoods, computers and copiers
    • utility costs, ongoing routine operating and maintenance costs
    • salary subsidies of existing staff
    • purchase or maintenance of recreation, entertainment, sporting, life-saving or any other equipment
    • fencing, streetscaping, landscaping, gardening and beautification activities unless the project is part of the building project
    • facilities that prohibit public access
    • smoking and/or gambling areas
    • regular maintenance activity
    • applications that have not completed all requirements in the application including evidence of consent, support and financial commitment from funding partners
    • applications that have not provided detailed quotes or undertaken required planning to ensure the project can be delivered within 12 months
    • organisations that have not fully acquitted previous grants funded by the Veterans Branch
    • projects that are eligible under other Veterans Branch grant programs, for details see Grants to support and commemorate veterans.

    Property ownership

    Evidence must be provided of ownership of the property. Where the applicant organisation does not own the premises on which work is proposed the following are mandatory:

    • written consent from the relevant property owner (for example, RSL Trustees, local government, Department Environment, Land, Water and Planning) approving the project
    • evidence from the property owner or landlord that the organisation has approval to use the property for at least 2 years into the future from the date of the application.
  • How we assess applications

    Applications will be assessed against the criteria listed below.

    What outcomes and benefits will be delivered?

    Extent to which the project improves the use of facilities for veterans, their families and communities; expands the use by other organisations or improves facility efficiencies or effectiveness.

    Why is this project needed and how is it responding to needs? 

    Evidence that the project responds to an identified need, gap, risk or issue or will increase use of the facility. Evidence that the project fits the long term plans of the organisation or building.

    How will the project be delivered?

    Details of project planning and delivery, realistic timeframes, financial viability, value for money and contributions towards the project.

    Who is involved in the project and what support exists?

    Level of support for the project from key stakeholders, evidence of usage agreements and consultation.

  • Priority will be given to projects that increase usage, address occupational health and safety, or regulatory compliance issues and enhance access and usability of the facility.

    Example projects include:

    • the upgrade or development of meeting rooms, service delivery or activity areas
    • improvements to kitchens, bathrooms/toilets, outdoor undercover areas
    • improving access through ramps, floors, the widening of doors or corridors, accessible toilets and meeting areas
    • improving sustainability such as water tanks, solar panels
    • improving the venue layout, flooring, roofing, windows or other aspects
    • libraries, storage or museum spaces for war heritage collections.

    Building regulations, universal design and environmentally sustainable design

    Applications must construct in accordance with relevant legislation, regulations and Australian Standards, and only licenced and qualified contractors and trades can be used (e.g. builders, plumbers, electricians).

    Applications are encouraged to demonstrate where principles of Universal Design and Environmentally Sustainable Design have been incorporated (where applicable) and that the project meets relevant legislation and Australian Standards.

    Universal design

    Projects that result in more accessible and functional venues through improving access (e.g. ramps, lifts, wider doors etc), functionality and usability (e.g. design that accommodates the diverse range of user needs). 

    Environmental sustainability

    Projects that result in energy efficiencies, reduced consumption and costs. Examples: insulation, solar panels, upgrading electrical systems, water efficiencies, improved lighting, heating/cooling, ventilation systems.

  • Step 4: Application decision and funding agreement

    • The grant applications will be assessed in the 2 months after the closing date.
    • Applicants may be contacted for further information.
    • Successful and unsuccessful grant applicants will be notified in writing.
    • Successful grant applicants will be required to enter into a Common Funding Agreement (CFA) with the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
    • Project deliverables, milestone dates, payments and other conditions will be included in the CFA.
  • Capital Works 2020/21

    Name Project   Amount

    Bacchus Marsh RSL Sub-Branch

    Veterans support facilities


    Ballarat Veterans Assistance Centre

    Inclusive outdoor space


    Balmoral RSL Sub-Branch

    Electrical and plumbing upgrades


    Benalla RSL Sub-Branch

    Installation of emergency exits and solar panel system


    Bentleigh RSL Sub-Branch 

    Solar installation at Cheltenham property


    Briagolong RSL Sub-Branch

    Septic tank upgrade


    Carry On (Victoria)

    Upgrade of split systems


    Coburg RSL Sub-Branch

    Outdoor works including ramp compliance


    Doutta Galla Aged Services

    Amenities renovation


    Drysdale RSL Sub-Branch

    Building extension


    Flemington Kensington RSL

    Building improvements


    Foster RSL Sub-Branch

    Clubroom upgrade and repair


    Geelong RSL Sub-Branch

    Veteran & family wellbeing hub


    Heyfield RSL Sub-Branch

    Upgrades to RSL Hall


    Inverloch RSL Sub-Branch

    Improving the property's sustainability and safety values


    Leongatha RSL Sub-Branch

    Accessibility works


    Maldon RSL Sub-Branch

    Exterior Works Project


    Manangatang RSL Sub-Branch

    Hall repairs and amenities


    Myrtleford RSL Sub-Branch

    Roof replacement


    Numurkah RSL Sub-Branch

    Replacement of inefficient evaporative cooling


    Oakleigh Carnegie RSL Sub-Branch

    Installation of solar panel system


    Piangil RSL Sub-Branch

    Repairs and maintenance to RSL premises


    Queenscliff Point Lonsdale RSL Sub-Branch

    Toilet Upgrade


    Beechworth RSL Sub-Branch

    Replacement of interior carpet


    Seymour RSL Sub-Branch Building Patriotic Fund

    Hall upgrade


    St Arnaud RSL Sub-Branch

    Air Conditioning of the Hall


    The Legacy Club of Shepparton Inc

    Modernisation project


    Tongala RSL Sub-Branch

    Stabilisation of property's brickworks and foundation


    Wedderburn Korong Vale RSL Sub-Branch

    Solar system installation


    Capital Works 2019/20

    Name Project Amount

    Air Force Association - Victoria

    Replacement of carpet


    Camperdown RSL

    Improving facilities


    Carry On (Vic) Clacton Divide Rosebud - Urgent Repairs and Maintenance - Veterans Accommodation $48,000
    Flemington Kensington RSL Air conditioner


    Foster RSL  Clubrooms upgrade


    Gembrook RSL Sub-Branch

    Kitchen and toilet upgrade


    Goulburn Valley Veterans Centre Veterans Support Centre Office Modernisation


    Indigo Shire Council

    Rutherglen RSL Sub-Branch room upgrade


    Inverloch RSL Sub-Branch

    Upgrade of electrical supply


    Longbeach RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

    Solar project


    Mansfield RSL Sub-branch

    Outdoor social areas


    Metang RSL Sub-Branch

    Roof and solar electricity


    Montmorency Eltham RSL Sub-branch

    Air conditioning


    Mortlake RSL



    Oakleigh Carnegie RSL Sub Branch

    An Inclusive, Inviting, Comfortable Place


    Rats of Tobruk Association Inc

    Safety upgrade


    Rupanyup RSL Sub-Branch

    Repairs to sub-branch


    Shrine of Remembrance

    Keeping the Shrine of Remembrance Safe


    Spotswood/ Kingsville RSL Sub-Branch

    Security, heating, cooling, kitchen


    Terang RSL Sub-branch

    Replace roof $18,000
    The Legacy Club of Bendigo Inc Restoring and repaint roof


    Tramways & East Melbourne RSL Sub-Branch

    Portarlington Respite Unit Upgrade


    Walpeup Memorial Hall Inc

    Hall restoration


    Woodend RSL Sub-branch

    Solar energy project


    Yea-Kinglake RSL Sub-Branch

    Safer RSL Hall Entry for Yea-Kinglake Veterans


    Capital Works Majors 2018/19

    Organisation Project Grant funding amount

    Bentleigh RSL Sub-Branch Inc

    Bentleigh RSL - Cheltenham Campus Roof and Air Con Upgrade


    Colac RSL Sub-Branch Inc

    Lift Installation & Capital works


    East Malvern RSL Sub-Branch Inc

    Major Kitchen, Bistro and Bars Renovations


    Returned & Services League Australia (Victorian Branch)

    ANZAC House Lift Refurbishment Project


    Sale RSL & Community Sub-Branch

    Toilet facility upgrade


    Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub-Branch

    Carpark Upgrade



    Capital Works Minors 2018/19

    Organisation Project Grant Funding amount

    Ballan RSL Sub-Branch

    Restumping of Ballan RSL Hall


    Berwick RSL Sub-Branch

    Upgrade to Toilet Facilities


    Bright RSL Sub-Branch

    Solar Power Project


    Emerald RSL Sub-Branch

    Rooms Upgrade


    Flemington Kensington RSL Sub-Branch Complete Building Electrical Rewiring


    Hampton RSL Sub-Branch Inc

    Roof Repair


    Oakleigh Carnegie RSL Sub-Branch A Safer, Accessible Venue for Veterans and our Community


    Rats of Tobruk Association Inc

    Upgrading of Gas Heating and Electrical Wiring for Tobruk House


    The Legacy Club of Shepparton Inc

    Refurbishment of Legacy House


    Tramways & East Melbourne RSL Sub-Branch

    RSL Refurbishment


    Victorian Section - Naval Association of Australia

    Heritage Storage


    Woodend RSL Sub-Branch

    Hall Improvements


    Balmoral RSL Sub-Branch

    Balmoral RSL Hall Facility Upgrade


    Vietnam Veterans Association - Mitchell Sub-Branch

    Commemorative Walk - CCTV



Reviewed 16 June 2021

Contact us

Veterans Branch Department of Families, Fairness and Housing