$178,000 for volunteers in Cunningham

Community organisations in Cunningham will share in more than $178,000 through the Australian Government’s 2013 Volunteer Grants program, Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird announced today.

lifeline.jpg“I am extremely pleased to announce that 55 volunteer organisations across Cunningham have been successful under the Volunteer Grants program, which provides grants of between $1000 and $5000 to help volunteers meet the rising costs of running a not-for-profit organisation,” Ms Bird said.

“The Federal Labor Government recognises the invaluable contribution volunteers make to Australian society,” Sharon Bird said.

“They are the life-blood of our communities, but the increasing financial strains they are under makes it difficult for them to deliver the important services they provide to our community every day.

“These grants will help community organisations to purchase much-needed equipment or as a contribution towards training courses, background checks and transport costs of volunteers with disability who are unable to drive.

“Through these grants, volunteers will be better equipped to assist those who are marginalised, disadvantaged or facing hardship remain connected to their community,” Ms Bird said.

In Australia, more than six million people volunteer each year.

Examples of local community volunteer organisations which have received funding under the Volunteer Grants Program for 2013 include:

• Bundeena Rural Fire Brigade for portable fire tools                                                                    • Mind Blank Incorporated for various office equipment                                                                                      • Mt Keira Men's Shed  for gardening equipment • Rotary Club of Corrimal for a public address (PA) system

For more information on the grants please visit the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs website: www.fahcsia.gov.au.