201511.04

Grants available for local volunteers

Wednesday 4 November 2015:

In many ways, local volunteers are the backbone of our community, providing services to those in need which might not otherwise be available.

To help support the work of these selfless men and women, community organisations across the region can now apply for grants of up to $5,000.

The grants are available under the Commonwealth Government’s $20 million Volunteer Grant funding round and can be used by organisations to help with costs incurred by their volunteers.

Examples include the cost of fuel to take seniors to the doctor, first aid training, background security checks or transport for volunteers with disability who cannot drive.

The grants can also be used to purchase much-needed equipment, like computers or printers, which is so important for organisations to keep up with technology and be efficient.

Various organisations across the region were successful in getting grants during the last round, including the Mount Eliza Senior Citizens Club for a defibrillator and overhead projector/screen; the Frankston District Sub Branch, Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia for a computer, petrol and training courses; The Brotherhood of St Laurence in Mornington for training courses, and the Vision Impaired Peoples Aid Foundation Inc. in Seaford for furniture, transport costs and a computer.

In this round, priority will be given to organisations working with the disadvantaged.

Applications close 2pm on Wednesday 9 December 2015, so get in quick!   For further information go to www.dss.gov.au/grants, call 1800 183 374 or email vg2015@dss.gov.au