Volunteer Grants 2016 now open

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Community organisations can now apply for a share of $10 million in grants to support their volunteers.

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter today announced the opening of the 2016 Volunteer Grants round.

Minister Porter said the funding will help build stronger, more cohesive communities.

“About six million Australians volunteer each year and they play a critical role in helping other people to be part of their communities,” Mr Porter said.

The grants, of between $1000 and $5000, will enable community organisations to buy much-needed equipment such as computers, train volunteers or improve fundraising efforts.

Funding priority will be given to organisations working in disadvantaged communities or those affected by natural disasters.

Community organisations from regional areas and Indigenous organisations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Volunteer Grants is part of the Commonwealth Government’s $28 million Strengthening Communities programme that supports the capacity of communities to address local issues.

Applications close 2.00pm AEST Tuesday 20 December 2016.

For more information and to apply visit https://www.dss.gov.au/grants/open-for-application. Alternatively, contact the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on freecall 1800 020 283 or email grants@dss.gov.au.

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