Jun 14, 2012

Volunteer Grants now available

Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, is encouraging local not for profit organisations in Holt to apply for funding under this year’s Volunteer Grants initiative

The Federal Labor Government is again providing volunteer organisations across Australia
$16 million in grants funding to help them continue their great work in the community.

“Volunteer Grants are just one way the Labor Government is saying thanks to our local volunteers for their selfless work and commitment to making our communities stronger,” said Mr Byrne.

Organisations will be able apply for grants between $1,000 and $5,000 to purchase much-needed equipment, contribute to fuel costs, transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive, provide training courses and background checks for volunteers.

Last year, 1,488 organisations in Victoria received a total of $5.1 million in Volunteer Grants, which helped purchase computers and laptops, buy fuel and conduct training courses.

The Labor Government recognises and values the important work of volunteers, who play a crucial role in our communities, from supporting cultural and sporting events to preserving our environment and heritage. They are out in our communities every day, helping the vulnerable, disadvantaged and those who have hit hard times.

There are more than six million volunteers in Australia, working tirelessly to help others, promote active citizenship, build connections and assist in creating stronger communities.

“The Volunteer Grants 2012 initiative will provide practical and tangible support to local community organisations in Holt to support volunteers and encourage more people to take up volunteering,” said Mr Byrne.

Applications close at 5pm (AEST) on 25 July 2012

To apply, or for more information, visit www.fahcsia.gov.au or call 1800 183 374.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.


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