Thursday, 15 December 2016
Community organisations in the ACT are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $5000 to assist the work of their volunteers.
Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, said the funding is being provided under a $10 million Volunteer Grant funding round, announced by the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter.
“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,” Senator Seselja said.
“This is a great opportunity for community organisations in the ACT to apply for a grant of between $1000 and $5000 to support the important work of their volunteers.
“43 organisations in the ACT were among the 5282 groups nationally benefiting from these grants last year.”
“Pegasus ACT used their grant to contribute to the reimbursement of volunteer’s training costs, first aid safety and computer equipment.”
Other organisations including Lake Burley Girffin Sea Scouts and Canberra City Farm used their grant funding to buy outdoor furniture and equipment, extra storage and power tools.
“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,” Senator Seselja said.
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.
Applications for Volunteer Grants close 20 December 2016. For further information go to dss.gov.au/grants.