Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said Volunteer Grants 2015 was now open for applications and he urged community groups to put their volunteers forward.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said Volunteer Grants 2015 was now open for applications and he urged community groups to put their volunteers forward. Mike Knott

Bundaberg volunteers urged to apply for federal grants

IN RECOGNITION of the critical role volunteers play in building strong, resilient and cohesive communities, the Federal Government is providing funding to help volunteers who help our communities.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said Volunteer Grants 2015 was now open for applications and he urged community groups to put their volunteers forward.

"Volunteering touches all aspects of Australian society, whether it be helping out with local sporting teams and land care groups, responding to natural disasters and emergencies, or helping local charities support some of our most disadvantaged people," Mr Pitt said.

"Grants between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to not-for-profit community organisations to support their volunteers through practical measures such as the purchase of small equipment items or reimbursement for the cost of fuel, training and background checks."

The Australian Government has invested $20 million in Volunteer Grants 2015 to support and encourage volunteering in local communities.

"These grants help small community organisations to assist their volunteers by making their volunteering work easier, safer and more enjoyable," Mr Pitt said.

More than six million Australians volunteer each year, freely giving their time, energy and skills to supporting others.

Further information about Volunteer Grants 2015, including the Application Pack, is available at www.dss.gov.au/grants or contact the Volunteer Grants 2015 Hotline on freecall 1800 183 374 or email vg2015@dss.gov.au.

Applications for Volunteer Grants 2015 close at 2pm AEDT Wednesday, 9 December 2015.



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