Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan is encouraging community organisations in the Northern Rivers to apply for a grant of up to $5000 to assist the work of their volunteers.
He said the funding is being provided under a $20 million Volunteer Grant funding round, announced by the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP.
“This is a great opportunity for community organisations in the Northern Rivers to apply for a grant of between $1000 and $5000 to help make the work of their volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable,” Mr Hogan said.
“These grants can be used by organisations to help with costs incurred by their volunteers, and could 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.
“Community organisations can also purchase much-needed equipment, such as computers or printers, so they can keep pace with technology.
“In many ways, volunteers are the lifeblood and the backbone of our community and I’m glad to see that our local organisations can now apply for these grants to help support their valuable work.”
In opening the Volunteer Grants 2015 Round, Mr Porter said this funding demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting the volunteers who give their time to help others and who encourage the inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.
“This year’s Volunteer Grants gives priority to organisations working with individuals or communities experiencing disadvantage, including communities affected by natural disasters—so we encourage organisations in these areas to apply,” Mr Porter said.
Applications for Volunteer Grants close 2pm AEDT, Wednesday 9 December 2015. For further information go to www.dss.gov.au/grants.
Alternatively, contact the Volunteer Grants 2015 Hotline on freecall 1800 183 374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.