Community organisations benefit from Commonwealth Government Volunteer Grants

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Nearly 100,000 volunteers will have their work made easier, safer and more enjoyable thanks to Volunteer Grants announced Monday 1 May, 2017.

Two thousand seven hundred community organisations around Australia will benefit from grants of between $1000 and $5000, enabling them to purchase much-needed equipment, training, transport and background screening.

In announcing the successful recipients, Minister Porter said volunteers play a vital role in in building strong, inclusive communities by helping the most disadvantaged members of our communities.

Priority for these grants was given to small, volunteer-run organisations working with individuals or communities experiencing disadvantage, including communities impacted by natural disasters in the last 18 months.

Funding includes:

  • nearly $1.5 million to assist 375 organisations working in communities affected by natural disaster in the 12 months to 13 December 2016.
  • over $700,000 to 165 Indigenous organisations
  • over $4.3 million to 1058 community organisations supporting vulnerable new migrants and refugees.

More information

For a list of successful recipients and information about Volunteer Grants go to: www.dss.gov.au/volunteer-grants.

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