Helping hand for volunteers on the Sunshine Coast now available
- Applications open now for the Coalition Government’s 2019-20 Volunteer Grants
Grants of up to $5,000 are available now for local community groups on the Sunshine Coast to support their volunteers. Applications for the latest round of the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants are open until Friday 14 February.
Local Federal Member Andrew Wallace said $66,000 of funding is available in the Sunshine Coast electorate of Fisher.
“From the firefighters who are tirelessly protecting our homes, to my fellow Surf Life Savers patrolling the beaches this Christmas, volunteering is part of the Australian way of life.” Mr Wallace said.
“This Christmas, more than ever, we can see on the news and in the community around us the huge benefits we all get from our committed volunteers. But volunteering can also be fantastic for the volunteers themselves, helping them to increase their confidence, reduce any social isolation and develop new skills.”
The electorate of Fisher has received more than $200,000 in dozens of Volunteers grants to date, for organisations like Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue, Peachester History Committee, Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Caloundra Community Centre, Beerburrum School of Arts, Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, the Salvation Army and many more.
“Volunteers work hard and they don’t ask for much in return. But sometimes a small helping hand like some new equipment, support with fuel costs or extra training can make all the difference. My office will liaise with community groups to identify the priority volunteer support projects for our region, and I will be recommending that the Government fund these local priorities.”
The grants can be used to buy small equipment for volunteers or for the reimbursement of volunteer fuel, transport or training costs. Community groups can apply for between $1,000 and $5,000.
In order to apply for funding Sunshine Coast organisations should download an Expression of Interest form from Mr Wallace’s website at www.andrewwallacemp.com.au/volunteersgrants and return their completed form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 14 February 2020. The Department of Social Services will then send an application form to nominated organisations to apply formally for funding in March 2020. Successful applicants will be announced in June 2020.
For more information about the grants, please go to the Government’s GrantConnect website at www.grants.gov.au