Grants now available to support community volunteers

Jason Clare MP, Member for Blaxland and Daryl Melham MP, Member for Banks are encouraging eligible not-for-profit organisations to apply for Australian Government Volunteer Grants of up to $5,000.

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services, Julie Collins, today announced $16 million funding for the 2011 Volunteer Grants program.

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.”

Mr Melham said that “In 2010, more than 40 organisations in Banks and Blaxland received Volunteer Grants, totalling over $170,000.

In Banks, last year, the Padstow Soccer Football Club received over $4,000 to purchase a Sunshade; a Heater, a Microwave; and a First Aid Kit. The volunteers work hard to assist the Club as it fosters community participation by working with local schools and other community groups.”

Mr Clare said that “In 2010, the Regents Park Veterans and Community Men’s Shed received $5,000 to purchase woodwork hand tools; a Video Data Projector; storage containers and even a vacuum cleaner.

“This funding allows men from diverse backgrounds to continue to meet in a positive environment, to interact socially and to discuss issues related to health and wellbeing.”

One in every four Australians is recognised and valued as a community volunteer, working tirelessly to help others and create stronger communities.

Applications close at 5pm (AEST) on 8 June 2011.

To apply visit www.fahcsia.gov.au or call 1800 183 374.

Media Contact Chris Zogopoulos 9790 2466