Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh and Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann are encouraging local not for profit organisations in Canberra to apply for funding under this year’s Volunteer Grants initiative.
The Gillard Government is again providing volunteer organisations across Australia with $16 million in grants funding to help them continue their great work in the community.
“Volunteer Grants are just one way the Gillard Government is saying thanks to our local volunteers for their selfless work and commitment to making our communities stronger,” said Ms Brodtmann.
“Last year, 15 organisations in the ACT received a total of $41,000 in Volunteer Grants, which helped purchase computers and laptops, buy fuel and conduct training courses.”
“No part of Australia is more likely to volunteer than Canberra. Their work is inspirational, and they are out in our community every day, helping the vulnerable, the disadvantaged and those who have hit hard times. To me they are unsung heroes,” said Dr Leigh.
“There are more than six million volunteers in Australia, working to help others, promote active citizenship, build connections and assist in creating stronger communities. Through their efforts they help build the social capital that is so important to our sense of connection and wellbeing.”
Organisations will be able to apply for grants of between $1,000 and $5,000.
The funding could be used to purchase much-needed equipment, help with transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive, contribute to fuel costs, provide funding for training courses or go towards background checks for volunteers.
“The Gillard Government recognises and values the important work of volunteers, who play a crucial role in our community, from supporting cultural and sporting events to preserving our environment and heritage,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“The Volunteer Grants 2012 initiative will provide practical and tangible support to community organisations across Australia, support our volunteers and encourage more people to take up volunteering,” Dr Leigh said.
Applications close at 5pm (AEST) on 25 July 2012.
To apply, or for more information, visit www.fahcsia.gov.au or call 1800 183 374.