Volunteer Grants now open

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Number: A30/2016

Date: 17 November 2016

Relevant: Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Topic: Volunteer Grants now open

Community organisations can now apply for a share of $10 million in grants to support their volunteers.

The Community Grants Hub, on behalf of the Commonwealth Government's Department of Social Services (DSS), is inviting organisations and volunteer based community groups to apply for funding from “Volunteer Grants 2016”.

These grants aim to support the efforts of Australia's volunteers. They provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.

The grants, of between $1,000 and $5,000, will enable community organisations to buy much-needed equipment such as computers, train volunteers or improve fundraising efforts.

Community organisations from regional areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications close 2.00pm AEDT Tuesday 20 December 2016.

For more information and to apply, visit https://www.dss.gov.au/grants/grants/funding-open-for-application/volunteer-grants-2016

Alternatively, contact the Hotline on freecall 1800 020 283 or email grants@dss.gov.au.

I strongly encourage volunteer based community groups to take advantage of this important Government initiative.

Barry Haase
Indian Ocean Territories