10/11/2016

Grants available to support volunteers in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien is encouraging community organisations in Wide Bay to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to assist the work of their volunteers.

The funding is being provided through the Coalition Government’s $10 million Volunteer Grants 2016 program.

“This funding recognizes the work and contributions of volunteers who give their time and energy to help build stronger, more cohesive communities,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Wide Bay communities wouldn’t be the same without its volunteers, who work in a range of ways to make the lives of others better.

“Volunteer Grants 2016 provides a great opportunity for community organisations in Wide Bay to apply for a grant of between $1,000 and $5,000 to support the vital work of volunteers.

“The grants can be used by organisations to help 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 use the grants to purchase equipment, such as iPads or printers, to help volunteers help their community,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Volunteer Grants 2016 is part of the Commonwealth Government’s $28 million Strengthening Communities programme that builds the capacity of communities to address local issues.

“I encourage all local community organisations to apply for Volunteer Grants 2016.”

Applications for Volunteer Grants close 20 December 2016. For further information go to www.dss.gov.au/grants.

Alternatively, contact the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on freecall 1800 020 283 or email [email protected].