Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is calling for local applications for the Volunteer Grants 2013, which are now open.
Mr Coulton said the Volunteer Grants Program allows eligible not-for-profit organisations to further support their volunteers and encourage others to get involved in volunteering.
“Volunteers are the life-blood of our communities and any funding that will not only further support our volunteers but encourage more people to take up volunteering is to be welcomed.”
“I have seen first-hand the wonderful work many not-for-profit organisations do in making local communities throughout the Parkes electorate a better place to live,” Mr Coulton said.
“At a time when many not-for-profit organisations are struggling with the increased operating costs, any assistance is greatly welcomed.”
Eligible not-for-profit community organisations can apply for grants between $1,000 and $5,000 to:
• Purchase portable, tangible, small equipment items to help their volunteers
• Contribute to the reimbursement of fuel costs for their volunteers who use their own car to transport others to activities, deliver food, assist with medical appointments or help people in need
• Contribute to the reimbursement of transport costs incurred by volunteers with disability who are unable to drive
• Contribute to the cost of training courses and/or undertake background screening checks for their volunteers.
“I would certainly encourage local organisations to apply for funding to help meet the rising costs of running a volunteer organisation and to also strengthen and enhance the local volunteering community.”
Applications for Volunteer Grants 2013 will close on Wednesday April 24 at 5pm.
More information on the program, including application forms and guidelines, is available at www.fahcsia.gov.au or by calling the toll-free hotline on 1800 183 374.
Alternatively, call Mr Coulton’s office directly on 02 6882 0999