Grants now available to support community volunteers

Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP, is encouraging eligible not-for-profit organisations to apply for Federal Government Volunteer Grants of up to $5000.

There will be a total of $16 million available to community organisations around the country in this round of the Volunteer Grants program. Last year 34 local organisations were successful in their applications, sharing in over $130,000 worth of funding.

Mr Clare said. “The Volunteer Grants program is a great way to directly support volunteers who selflessly give up their time to help people.

“Grants between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to help eligible not-for-profit organisations purchase much-needed equipment and contribute to volunteers’ fuel costs and training courses.

“If you work for a community organisation that is eligible for this grant, give my office a call for more information about the application process.”

“Last year, the Bankstown Public School P&C Committee received funding from the Volunteer Grants program.

“They used this funding to cover the transport costs for their volunteers who are unable to drive as well as to purchase a microwave oven and a water cooler for their community room.

Mrs Florence Graham has been volunteering at Bankstown Public School twice a week for over 15 years, and was one of the volunteers who benefited from this grant

“The Volunteer Grant that the Bankstown Public School P&C Committee received last year has meant that I can continue to help out at the school – which is something I love to do,” Mrs Graham said.

Applications for 2013 Volunteer Grants are open from 15 March until the 24 April. To apply, go to www.fahcsia.gov.au or call Jason Clare’s office on 9790 2466.

Media contact: Chris Zogopoulos 9790 2466