FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL VOLUNTEERS THIS NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

This week marks National Volunteer Week and 16 local community groups in Cunningham will receive $62,540 in funding to support local volunteers. 

The Volunteer Grants program is a $9 million program to support local volunteers across Australia.

The grants awarded are between $1,000 and $5,000 and will enable local organisations to better support their volunteers to purchase small equipment, pay fuel, transport and training costs.

Sharon Bird said that many local community groups had been doing it very tough through the bushfires over summer and more recently with COVID-19 restrictions.

“Community groups have faced a lot of pressure recently with some organisations at the frontline of providing services to people in need while many organisations such as sporting groups have had their volunteer activities, including fundraising activities, suspended.

This funding will help local organisations to support their volunteers as they continue or recommence their important work in our community.

Volunteers are an integral part of our society, especially during difficult times. Their contribution is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience.

National Volunteer Week runs from 18-24 May and is run by Volunteering Australia. You can get involved in the online activities by visiting the Volunteering Australia www.volunteeringaustralia.org/update-on-national-volunteer-week-2020/#/.

A list of successful applicants in Cunningham is below.

 

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS – 20191-2020 VOLUNTEER GRANTS PROGRAM

Entity Name

Funding

Purpose

Bulli and Districts Tennis Association Inc

$4000

Purchase of ball machine

Bulli Surf Life Saving Club Inc

$4910

Purchase of computer and office equipment

Circus Monoxide

$2450

Purchase of eskys, lockable storage cabinets and audio equipment

Green Connect Illawarra

$4830

Purchase of laptops, docking station and monitor

Healthy Cities Illawarra Incorporated

$3400

Purchase of portable stoves and fuel costs for volunteers

Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra Limited

$5000

Purchase of PPE equipment, first aid items, training costs, background checks, and fuel reimbursement

Port Kembla & District Meals On Wheels Incorporated

$3000

Purchase of commercial upright freezer

Russell Vale Golf & Social Club Ltd

$5000

Purchase of multi-function printer

Russell Vale Junior Football Club Incorporated

$2000

Purchase of line marking machine

Scarborough Wombarra Surf Lifesaving Club Inc

$5000

Purchase of four marquees

Unanderra Scout Group

$3500

Purchase of laptops, a fridge, and contribution to fuel costs.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

$4500

Purchase of smart phones and computers

Surfrider Foundation Limited

$5000

Purchase of drone, first aid courses, and contribution to fuel costs.

Tarrawanna Public School Parents and Citizens Association

$5000

Purchase of computer equipment

1st Austinmer Scout Group

$3450

Purchase of box trailer

Wollongong Tennis Courts Administration Inc

$1500

Purchase laptop computer and printer

     
 

$62540