The Volunteer Grants Activity is part of the Families and Communities Program which aims to strengthen relationships, improve well-being of children and young people, reduce the cost of family breakdown, strengthen family and community functioning and facilitate the settlement of migrants and humanitarian entrants in the community. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.
Eligible organisations and eligible individuals representing volunteer based community groups can apply for funding amounts of between $1,000 and $5,000. Applications close on Sep 18 2018.
This funding is to be used to:
- purchase eligible small equipment items for use by volunteers;
- contribute to volunteers’ fuel costs;
- contribute to transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive;
- assist with the costs of training courses; and
- undertake background screening checks for volunteers.
Applications will be assessed on how strongly they meet one or more of these priorities:
- Organisations/community groups that work with disadvantaged communities. This will be prioritised according to the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA);
- Organisations/community groups that support individuals and communities experiencing disadvantage. This includes organisations/community groups which engage volunteers from disadvantaged backgrounds. Organisations which help more than one disadvantaged group will be assessed more highly;
- Organisations/community groups that have more volunteers than paid staff;
- How many people in the community benefit from the volunteering activity;
- A higher number of volunteers who will directly use the items being bought;
- Organisations/community groups with high numbers of volunteers;
- Organisations/community groups with smaller operating budgets; and
- A lower total cost for the requested items.
You cannot use the grant for:
- items that do not directly benefit the organisation’s volunteers;
- advertising, logos, banners, display boards, uniforms, badging, or other things that advertise your organisation/community group;
- administration costs such as leasing, rental, hiring, labour, utilities, insurance and travel;
- fees, charges, and subscriptions;
- service charges, extended warranties and other labour costs;
- conferences and functions;
- vehicles and powered boats;
- buildings, renovations and permanent fixtures – plumbing, kitchens, hot water systems, fencing, etc.;
- window coverings (such as curtains and awnings) and floor coverings;
- consumable supplies – food, books, stationary (such as paper and folders), cleaning products, ink, toners, soil, sunscreen, maps, refilling of gas bottles, etc.; or
- gym equipment, heart rate monitors.
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