Community Organisations can apply now for volunteer grants

Community organisations in Dunkley are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $5000 to assist the work of their volunteers.

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Community organisations in Dunkley are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $5000 to assist the work of their volunteers.

Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP said the funding is being provided under a $10 million Volunteer Grant funding round, announced by the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter MP.

“This funding is a key part of the Australian Government’s support for volunteers who give their time and energy to help build stronger, more cohesive communities,” Chris Crewther said.

“This is a great opportunity for community organisations in Dunkley to apply for a grant of between $1000 and $5000 to support the important work of their volunteers”.

28 organisations in Dunkley were among the 5282 groups nationally benefiting from these grants last year.

“Community Support Frankston used their grant to contribute to the costs of undertaking background screening checks of volunteers and to the reimbursement of volunteers’ training costs and non-computer related electronic/audio/video equipment”.

“These grants can be used by organisations for anything that helps with costs incurred by their volunteers, such as first aid training, background security checks or transport for volunteers who may have a disability”.

“Community organisations can also purchase much-needed equipment, such as iPads or printers, so they can keep pace with technology”.

In opening the Volunteer Grants 2016, Minister Porter said this funding is part of the Commonwealth Government’s $28 million over 2016-17 for the Strengthening Communities programme that supports the capacity of communities to address local issues.

“Funding priority will be given to organisations working in disadvantaged communities or those affected by natural disasters,” Minister Porter said.

“I particularly encourage regional and Indigenous organisations to apply,” he said.

Applications for Volunteer Grants close 20 December 2016. For further information go to dss.gov.au/grants.

Alternatively, please contact the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on freecall 1800 020 283 or by email atgrants@dss.gov.au.

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