Community groups across the Kennedy electorate are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to assist the work of their volunteers.
Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Volunteer Grants funding was essential to supporting the wonderful efforts of the many volunteer groups and clubs servicing the local community.
“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 Macdonald said.
Senator Macdonald said more than 80 community groups from across the electorate shared in more than $300,000 as part of last year’s grants.
“Some of last year’s recipients included Brothers Rugby League Innisfail, Innisfail Community Band, Innisfail Swimming, Rotary Club of Mission Beach and the Tully and District Men’s Shed – all worthy recipients who play an important role in supporting our local community.”
Senator Macdonald said the grants can be used for anything that helps with the costs incurred by volunteers, such as first aid training, background security checks or transport for volunteers who have a disability.
The funds can also be used to purchase equipment, such as i-Pads or printers, to allow groups to keep pace with technology.
Funding priority will be given to organisations working in disadvantaged communities or those affected by natural disasters. Regional and indigenous organisations are particularly encouraged to apply.
The funding is being provided under the $10million Volunteer Grants 2016 funding round.
Applications for the Volunteer Grants close on 20 December, 2016. For more information, visit dss.gov.au/grants. Alternatively, call the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on 1800 020 283 or email [email protected].