Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said it’s a sought after grants program.
“In previous years, these grants have been very popular with Bendigo and Central Victorian volunteer organisations so Iencourage you to get your expression of interest in quickly.
“Our volunteers and their organisations do a great job in creating a sense of belonging and social inclusion, and building stronger local communities.
“They show incredible commitment towards their organisations and take pride in their work.
“Following the pandemic, Australia is in a civic crisis. We’ve seen a collapse in the number of people volunteering.
"The Volunteer Grants program is one tool the Federal Government is hoping will support organisations reengage or attract new volunteers.
“What’s great about these grants is the versatility. From new equipment to volunteer training the funding can go towards practical projects to assist local organisations.
“Across Central Victoria, our volunteers really are unsung heroes of our communities and these grants will help them to continue their vital work,” Chesters said.
Eligible organisations can apply for grants between $1,000- $5,000 which can be put towards: small equipment costs, fuel costs for volunteers, training courses and compulsory background checks.
Applicants must submit an expression of interest by 12pm Monday 19 September which will be reviewed and scored by an independent community consultation committee.
Groups that are successful in this process will then have the opportunity to apply for the grant directly with the Department of Social Services.
For more details or to submit an expression of interest visit www.lisachesters.org/volunteergrants