Grants available to support our volunteers

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.

"In previous years these grants have been very popular with Bendigo and Central Victorian groups and organisations,” said Ms Chesters.

Ms Chesters said organisations can apply for grants from $1,000 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,” said Ms Chesters.

"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.

“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,” said Ms Chesters.

Applications for Volunteer Grants close at 2pm AEDT, Tuesday 20 December 2016.

Application packs are available at www.dss.gov.au/grants. Alternatively, contact the Volunteer Grants 2015 Hotline on freecall 1800 020 283 or email grants@dss.gov.au.