Funding boost for community volunteers

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the announcement that more than 90 community organisations across the Bendigo region will share over $300,000 from the Federal Labor Government’s 2013 Volunteer Grants Program.

Community groups will receive grants ranging between $1000 and $5000 to help volunteers meet the rising costs of running a not-for-profit organisation.

These grants can be used to purchase much-needed equipment or as a contribution towards training courses and transport costs of volunteers with a disability who are unable to drive.

“Federal Labor recognises the invaluable contribution volunteers make to Australian society, and I’m proud of our support for local community groups through initiatives like the Volunteer Grants program,” Ms Chesters said.

“Our community volunteer organisations play such a vital role in Central Victoria, building social inclusion and stronger local communities”. 

“These grants will help ensure that our community groups can continue to provide services that make a significant social and economic contribution to our region.”

“Local organisations that wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the hard work of volunteers, such as the Bendigo Community Farmers’ Market and the Bendigo Sustainability Group are two of the 96 groups across the Bendigo electorate to receive grants under this round of the Program.”

“I congratulate all of the successful organisations and I look forward to continuing to work with the volunteer groups in our community, because supporting volunteers and their organisations is an ongoing priority of the Federal Labor Government.”