Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations.
This funding can be used to:
- Purchase eligible small equipment items for use by volunteers
- Contribute to volunteers’ fuel costs
- Contribute to transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive
- Assist with the costs of training courses for volunteers
- Undertake background screening checks for volunteers.
Grants are available to organisations where at least 40 per cent of staff are volunteers, and can be used for activities that:
- Help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers
- Help community organisations to support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering
- Encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering
Expression of interest form – due by Friday 7 February 2020.
If your organisation would like to be considered for a grant, it is important this form is returned on time. My office is available to help you with any queries and can assist you in preparing an expression of interest.
Nominated organisations will then formally be invited to apply for a grant and applications will be assessed by the Department of Social Services.
Unfortunately, the Liberal-National Government has limited grants to $66,000 per electorate. This is despite 70 per cent of organisations missing out in previous rounds, despite worthy applications.
Labor has written to the Government and requested a review of funding levels to make sure they reflect local community need.
Volunteer organisations do an incredibly important job in our local community and I would like to take this opportunity to thank your organisation – and all your volunteers.
If you have any questions, or if you would like assistance with preparing an expression of interest or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact Kirsty Sayers-Hunt in my office on 8383 3129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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