2008-09 Budget: Volunteer Grants program - expansion to help with fuel costs 

Key elements

The Australian Government will provide an additional $15 million over three years under the Volunteer Grants Program to assist community organisations and their volunteers with their work, including fuel costs.

This extra funding brings the total funding under the program to close to $64 million over three years.

For the very first time, community organisations will be able apply for fuel vouchers to reimburse their volunteers for their fuel costs. This measure will assist volunteers in their important work, including those who use their cars to transport others to activities, deliver food and assist others in need.

The Rudd Government understands that rising petrol costs are placing pressure on important volunteering activities.

This measure will assist around 6,000 community organisations and their volunteers whose work contributes to supporting families and communities in Australia.
 

Background

This measure is a part of the Volunteer Grants Program which aims to help community organisations support their volunteers through reimbursement of costs incurred in their volunteer activities, including petrol.

This increase in funding was a key element of the Rudd Government's 2007 election commitment to roll the two existing volunteer grants programs into the one streamlined, expanded and improved Volunteer Grants Program.
 

Implementation

The measure will start in the 2008-09 financial year.
 

Total Government Funding

An additional $15 million over three years.

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