Applications for the Federal Government Volunteer Grants program are now open and Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, is encouraging Central Victorian community organisations to apply for funding.
"It appears the Federal Government has found some spare cash to support volunteer based organisations. This is great news!
"In previous years these grants have been very popular with Bendigo and Central Victorian groups and organisations.”
Ms Chesters said organisations can apply for grants of up to $5,000 for a variety of purposes, including buying much needed equipment or helping volunteers with fuel costs, training courses and compulsory background checks.
"Our volunteers and their organisations do a great job in creating a sense of belonging and social inclusion and building stronger local communities.”
“I know from talking with many of these organisations, and their volunteers, the pride and pleasure they get from contributing towards building and supporting a strong, inclusive and vibrant community.”
“Across Central Victoria, our volunteers really are unsung heroes of our communities and these grants will help them to continue their vital work,” Ms Chesters said.
Under the previous Federal Labor Government, almost 200 communities groups in the Bendigo electorate were assisted with these grants, helping more than 10,000 Central Victorian volunteers and their organisations.
“It's great to see the Government has recognised the importance of reinstating this program.
"It's vital that our Government demonstrate strong commitment to supporting the nation’s volunteers and the thousands of community organisations that provide the foundation for volunteering,” Ms Chesters said.
“More than six million Australians volunteer each year and they also play a critical role in emergencies, supporting their fellow Australians on the disaster frontline and helping to rebuild local communities.”
Applications for Volunteer Grants close 2pm AEDT, Wednesday 9 December 2015. For further information go to dss.gov.au/grants.