Two local community groups on the Mornington Peninsula will benefit from a share of $2.7 million from the Morrison Government Volunteer Grants, to support the work of local volunteers.
The grants awarded are between $1,000 and $5,000, and will enable local organisations to better support their volunteers to purchase small equipment, pay fuel, transport and training costs.
Gunnamatta Surf Lifesaving Club will receive $1,000 and SES Hastings will receive $2,027 to support their volunteers.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, said volunteers are an integral part of our society, especially during difficult times.
“On December 5, we mark International Volunteer Day and celebrate the contribution of charity and community groups across the Mornington Peninsula as they continue to support and strengthen our community,” Mr Hunt said.
“As we all know, the Peninsula has been significantly impacted by coronavirus this year and help is still needed by many.
“Our community will be encouraged by the Morrison Government’s grant funding for the Gunnamatta Surf Lifesaving Club and SES Hastings in as part of this supplementary grant round.”
“These groups join the seventeen Peninsula groups which received Volunteer Grants earlier in the year and each of them is a vital part of the fabric of our local community.
“This additional funding will go a long way in helping even more local organisations and their volunteers to continue their important work, through what has been a very tough year.”
Volunteer peak bodies across all states and territories are distributing the funding based on the needs of the sector in each state or territory.
The 2020-21 Volunteer Grants round is expected to open mid-2021. For more information on volunteering, visit the Volunteering Australia website.