Grants available to support volunteers in Pearce

Community organisations in Pearce are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $5000 to assist the work of their volunteers.

Federal Member for Pearce and Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter announced that the funding is being provided under a $10 million Volunteer Grant funding round.

“This funding is a key part of the Liberal Government’s support for volunteers who give their time and energy to help build stronger, more cohesive communities,” Mr Porter said.

“This is a great opportunity for community organisations in Pearce to apply for a grant of between $1000 and $5000 to support the important work of their volunteers.

“17 organisations in Pearce were among the 5282 groups nationally benefitting from these grants last year.

“St John Ambulance in Toodyay and Bullsbrook used their grant for first aid safety and training.

“Northam Toy Library used their grant for outdoor furniture and equipment as well as power and construction tools.

“The Lions Club of Swan Districts located in The Vines used their grant for computer and office equipment.

“These grants can be used by organisations for anything that helps with costs incurred by their volunteers, such as first aid training, background security checks or transport for volunteers who may have a disability.”

In opening the Volunteer Grants 2016, Mr Porter said this funding is part of the Liberal Government’s $28 million over 2016-17 for the Strengthening Communities programme that supports the capacity of communities to address local issues.

“Funding priority will be given to organisations working in disadvantaged communities or those affected by natural disasters,” Mr Porter said.

“I particularly encourage regional and Indigenous organisations to apply.”

Applications for Volunteer Grants close 20 December 2016.

For further information go to www.dss.gov.au/grants. Alternatively contact the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on freecall 1800 020 283 or email grants@dss.gov.au