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Volunteer Grants 2016 – NOW OPEN

I am pleased to advise that Volunteer Grants 2016 is now open for applications.

The Australian Government is investing $10 million in Volunteer Grants 2016 to support, encourage and increase participation in volunteering in local communities.These grants help community organisations and groups support their volunteers by making their volunteering work easier, safer and more enjoyable. In my electorate of Cook in 2015 volunteer grants delivered  items such as first aid equipment, training, computer equipment and storage facilities to various organisations with successful applications.

Grants between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to help not-for-profit community organisations or groups support their volunteers through practical measures such as the purchase of small equipment items, reimbursement for volunteers’ fuel and transport costs, and contributions towards the cost of training and background screening checks.  The grants provide a valuable opportunity for organisations to support its volunteers.

The Volunteer Grants 2016 Application Pack is available from the Department of Social Services’ website at www.dss.gov.au/grants.  Alternatively, you can contact the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on 1800 020 283 or email grants@dss.gov.au.  I encourage you to read the Application Pack thoroughly before submitting your application.

Applications for Volunteer Grants 2016 close at 2pm AEDT on Tuesday, 20 December 2016.