Boost for volunteers in Canberra

Local community organisations in Canberra are among 4,600 across Australia to benefit from the Gillard Government’s $16 million Volunteer Grants initiative.  Organisations across Canberra will share in $23,369 to support the work of their volunteers.

Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann said the Gillard Government’s investment was delivering much needed support to local volunteers.

“The Volunteer Grants will support a range of local groups, such as the Stromlo Forest Scout Group who received a grant of $2,850 to buy kitchen utensils and tables,” said Ms Brodtmann.

Other Canberra grant recipients are:

  • Engarde at Mackillop Fencing who received $1,650 for training courses
  • ACT Torres Strait Islanders Corporation who received $2,000 for transport and training courses
  • Deaf Football ACT who received $5,000 for training courses and transport costs
  • War Widows’ Guild of Australia (ACT) Inc. who received $2,500 for transport costs
  • ACT Women and Prisons Group WAP who received $1,020 for transport costs
  • Dance Beyond Barriers who received $5,000 for a portable public address system and a stereo and CD player
  • Zac’s Place Inc. who received $2,000 for training courses, and
  • Zonta Canberra Club of Breakfast Inc. who received $1,349.50 for storage containers.

“Volunteers make a significant social and economic contribution to Australian society, contributing about $14.6 billion to the not-for-profit sector each year,” said Ms Brodtmann.

“Across the country, more than 200,000 volunteers will benefit from the Volunteer Grants.

“The Gillard Government is committed to supporting our army of volunteers and this year’s grants will help them to undertake their selfless work in supporting local communities.

“For the first time, the grants will also help cover transport costs of volunteers with a disability who are unable to drive and need to use public transport or taxis as part of their volunteering role,” she said.

To find out more about Volunteer Grants 2011 visit www.fahcsia.gov.au or call 
1800 183 374.

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