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$20 million to support Australia’s volunteers

 

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey encourages community organisations to apply for funding from the Federal Government’s $20m Volunteer Grants to support the efforts of their volunteers.

 

“Volunteer Grants enable volunteer groups to apply for funding of between $1,000 and $5,000 which can be used towards the cost of essential items that help make the work of volunteers easier, safer, and more enjoyable, such as equipment, training, transport and background screening,” he said.

 

“These modest grants provide fantastic value for the taxpayer as well. They keep people involved in and serving their communities. That effort in turn, keeps people healthier and provides a myriad of services to Australians on a daily basis. If all these services had to be fully funded by the tax payer the nation would collapse.

 

“Volunteering also helps people into jobs, reduces social marginalisation and increases community participation.

“By helping each other and working together, we are building stronger and safer communities.”

 

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 can be used towards the cost of essential items that help make the work of volunteers easier, safer, and more enjoyable, such as equipment, training, transport and background screening.

 

Across Australia, volunteer efforts make an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion.

 

The Volunteer Grants round is expected to open in August.

 

For more information, visit the Department of Social Services’ Community Grants Hub website to subscribe to updates on the application process.

 

Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744

June 25 2018

 

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