There is no limit to the amount you can request. However, please be aware that there is pressure on the funds available and the Trust may not be able to provide the full amount requested. The average amount for a Trust grant is $3700.
Ngā kaupapa ka tautokona ā-pūtea / What we fund
The Trust may provide grants to help with these types of expenses:
- house repairs, such as repairs to the roof, plumbing or electrical wiring, or replacing fences in disrepair
- buying and/or installing home heating or insulation
- buying practical household items, such as beds
- house alterations needed for medical reasons
- debt from unexpected circumstances, such as vehicle repairs
- orthodontic or optometrist costs
- travel, such as visiting a sick relative, or getting to hospital appointments.
Some educational expenses may be funded, such as books or fees to attend a school which supports children with a disability. The Trust is unlikely to assist with tertiary education or apprenticeship fees.
The Trustees may award a grant to cover expenses you have already paid for.
Ngā Hua / Outcomes
The Trustees consider how grants will benefit the lives of Viet Nam Veterans and their families, and make day-to-day life easier, particularly for those who are struggling.
Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities
When making grant decisions, the Trustees look for the benefits a grant will make to someone’s life. Priority is given where there is immediate or obvious need.
If you are not sure whether you are able to request a grant, it is better to submit a request, rather than assume you are not eligible. The Trust may be able to direct you to other places for assistance.
Grants are in addition to any other entitlements under the Veterans’ Support Act 2014.
Ngā kaupapa kāore e tautokona ā-pūtea / What we don't fund
The Trust does not fund:
- medical therapies provided by the public health system
- alternative therapies
- investment in business ventures
- major capital items, such as buying a house, land or buildings
- living expenses, such as rent
- compensation for the longstanding grievances of the Veterans’ community.
Grants are one-off payments. You should not depend on continuing financial support from the Trust.
The Trustees may decline a request for a grant.
Find out more about the Viet Nam Veterans and their Families Trust and its history.