Grants open to support local volunteers

Each Federal Member of Parliament is able to nominate organisations to apply for funding in their electorate between now and February 21.
Each Federal Member of Parliament is able to nominate organisations to apply for funding in their electorate between now and February 21.

Local community groups are now able to apply for federal funding to support their local volunteers.

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said $66,000 of funding is available under the Federal Coalition Government's 2019-20 Volunteer Grants programme.

"Volunteering is part of the Australian way of life," Dr Gillespie said.

"It has many social and economic benefits such as increased confidence, reduced marginalisation and skill development."

"The grants form part of our government's commitment to supporting organisations whose volunteers assist our communities and encourage the inclusion of vulnerable people in our society."

"My office will liaise with community leaders and relevant committees to identify priority volunteer support for our local area."

The grants can be used to buy small equipment for volunteers or for the reimbursement of volunteer fuel, transport or training costs. Community groups can apply for between $1,000 and $5,000.

Each Federal Member of Parliament is able to nominate organisations to apply for funding in their electorate between now and February 21.

The Department of Social Services will then send an application form to nominated organisations to apply for funding in March 2020. Successful applicants will be announced in June 2020.

For more information about the grants, please go to the Government's GrantConnect website at www.grants.gov.au