Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP has called on community organisations from around the electorate to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to support the efforts of their volunteers.
Minister Hunt said applications for the Volunteer Grants round were now open.
“Volunteers make vital contributions to the life of Australian communities every day, from surf lifesaving to land care, and helping some of our most vulnerable,” Minister Hunt said.
“Volunteering is also a proven pathway to get people into jobs, reduce marginalisation and increase community participation.
“Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will help community organisations in Flinders buy equipment such as laptops, pay fuel costs, train volunteers and improve their fundraising.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and by continuing to help each other and work together; we are building a stronger and safer community.
“Twenty community organisations here in Flinders were among the 2,690 groups nationally who benefited from the Volunteer Grants in 2016, including, Crib Point Community House, Clothes4u in Rosebud and the Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre in Cowes.
“I encourage all not-for-profit organisations in Flinders to apply for the Volunteer Grants to help make the work of our volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable.”
Local volunteer organisation Crib Point Community House received a Volunteer Grant last year which it used to purchase new tables and chairs & portable air conditioners to help their staff.
“This grant helped our wonderful volunteers immensely,” Mary Budd from Crib Point Community House said. “No more moving furniture from room to room.”
For more information or to apply, visit the Australian Government’s GrantConnect website at www.grants.gov.au.
Applications close Tuesday 18 September 2018.