Grants available to support volunteers in northern Tasmania

Mon, 14 Nov 2016

Community organisations in northern Tasmania are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $5000 to assist the work of their volunteers.

Tasmanian Liberal Senator David Bushby said the funding is being provided under a $10 million Volunteer Grant funding round, announced last week by the Federal Liberal Government.

“This funding is a key part of the Australian Government’s support for volunteers who give their time and energy to help build stronger, more cohesive communities,” Senator Bushby said.
“This is a great opportunity for community organisations in northern Tasmania to apply for a grant of between $1000 and $5000 to support the important work of their volunteers.

“Eleven organisations in northern Tasmania were among the 5282 groups nationally benefitting from these grants last year.

“The St Vincent de Paul Society used their $3,080 grant to cover the cost of training volunteers.

“Whereas the Lions Club of Lilydale used their grant of $2,500 to fund First Aid Safety courses.

“These grants can be used by organisations for anything that helps 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 purchase much-needed equipment, such as iPads or printers, so they can keep pace with technology,” Senator Bushby said.

Senator Bushby said this funding is part of the Commonwealth Government’s $28 million over 2016-17 for the Strengthening Communities programme that supports the capacity of communities to address local issues.

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

Alternatively, contact the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on freecall 1800 020 283 OR EMAIL grants@dss.gov.au.

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