Volunteer Grants Program open for applications

Federal Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird is pleased to announce that the Commonwealth Government’s $16 million Volunteer Grants 2012 program is now open for applications.

“Volunteer organisations play a vital role in our community and it is terrific that their contribution is being recognised,” Ms Bird said.

The Gillard Government seeks to acknowledge the significant work that volunteers and organisations do for local communities by providing funding grants of between $1,000 and $5,000.

Last year, 43 local community groups across the region shared in $146,544 worth of grants.

The 1st Russell Vale Scouts Group, a group dedicated to fostering the development of young participants through educational and community focused activities, received a $5,000 grant that went towards camping equipment, a fire extinguisher and blanket, and a first aid kit, among others.

The Towradgi Surf Life Saving Club received $4,942 for new GPS/UHF radio transceivers and other utilities to aid the safe patrolling of the shoreline and assist in educating and training the community in water safety.

$4,000 was also awarded to the Australian Breastfeeding Association in Woonona to fund for recognised training courses to help provide a supportive and inclusive environment for nursing mothers.

Other recipients included local sporting groups, churches, rotary clubs, theatres and schools.

Applications close on Wednesday 25 July 2012.

To apply visit www.fahcsia.gov.au or call the Volunteer Grants Hotline on 1800 183 374 for more information.