$20 Million in Federal Government Volunteer Grants available to North Coast Community Organisations
Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has encouraged North Coast community organisations to apply for grants of up to $5000 to fund the work of their volunteers.
Mr Hartsuyker said the Federal Government funding was provided under a $20 million Volunteer Grant funding round.
“In so many ways, volunteers are the lifeblood and the backbone of our North Coast community. At some stage in our life most of us will personally benefit from the work of a volunteer or a community organisation,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Mr Hartsuyker visited the Salvation Army Family Store at Coffs Harbour today to meet some of the volunteers and Major Steve Metcher and Gary Cook, who run the store.
“Charities, such as the Salvation Army, often rely on donations of money and goods, and almost wholly rely on the time donated by their volunteers to keep going.
“These volunteer organisation grants can help pay for costs which otherwise would be carried by the community group or the individual volunteer themselves,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Community organisations in the Cowper electorate can apply for a grant of between $1,000 and $5,000 to help purchase equipment, such as computers or printers, so they can keep pace with technology.
“These grants can also be used by organisations for practical help needed to ensure volunteers can work in a safe, comfortable and sustainable way,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“For example, the grant could help with the costs incurred by their volunteers including paying the cost of fuel to take seniors to the doctor, first aid training, background security checks or transport for volunteers with a disability who cannot drive.”
Applications for Volunteer Grants close 2pm AEDT, Wednesday 9 December 2015. For further information go to dss.gov.au/grants or contact the Volunteer Grants 2015 Hotline on freecall 1800 183 374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org