July 27, 2023

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is inviting local volunteer groups to apply for funding from this year’s Australian Government Volunteer Grants Program.

“Volunteers make a significant social and economic contribution to Wide Bay, sharing their time, skills and expertise to improve the lives of others as well as our communities,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Volunteer Grants support the work of volunteers, making their work easier, safer, and more enjoyable. The grants encourage volunteering and help organisations to purchase equipment. Dozens of local organisations including community service, sporting and veteran groups have received assistance from the program.”

The Volunteer Grants Program 2023-24 provides grants of between $1,000 to $5,000 to eligible not-for profit organisations to:

  • Purchase portable, tangible, small equipment items to help their volunteers;
  • Contribute to the reimbursement of fuel costs for volunteers;
  • Promote volunteering opportunities;
  • Contribute to the reimbursement of transport costs incurred by volunteers with disability;
  • Contribute to the cost of training courses and/or undertake background screening checks for their volunteers.

Expressions of Interest are required as part of the assessment process and can be accessed on the website

Expressions of Interest close on Friday 1 September 2023.  Grant Opportunity Guidelines for the 2023-24 Volunteer Grants Program, can be downloaded from the website, and further information is available by phoning Mr O’Brien’s office on (07) 4121 2936, or email [email protected].

“These grants are an important way of providing assistance to local not for profit community groups to help them support the work of their volunteers and I encourage them to apply,” Mr O’Brien said.


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