$20 million to help those who help others

Community organisations across Australia are now able to apply for a share of $20 million in grants to support and encourage the work of their volunteers.

In opening the Volunteer Grants 2015 round, Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP, said the funding will help make the work of Australia’s six million volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable.

“Through these grants of between $1,000 and $5,000, community organisations can purchase much-needed equipment such as computers, contribute to volunteers’ training, or use it to support fundraising efforts.

“Volunteers play a critical role in building stronger and more resilient communities—whether it is by helping out with local sporting teams and land care groups, responding to natural disasters and emergencies, or helping local charities.

“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.

“This funding demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting the volunteers who give their time to help others and encourage social harmony,” Mr Porter said.

Applications for Volunteer Grants close 2pm AEDT, Wednesday 9 December 2015.

For further information go to dss.gov.au/grants. Alternatively, contact the Volunteer Grants 2015 Hotline on freecall 1800 183 374 or email vg2015@dss.gov.au.