Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Get in quick to apply for Volunteer Grants 2012

Joint Media Release with:

  • Jenny Macklin MP
    Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
    Minister for Disability Reform

  • Julie Collins MP
    Minister for Community Services
    Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
    Minister for the Status of Women

With the closing date for Volunteer Grants 2012 fast approaching, the Gillard Government is encouraging not-for-profit organisations across Australia to apply.

The Minister for Families and Community Services, Jenny Macklin, said today the Government is continuing to support Australia’s community organisations with $16 million available in volunteer grants.

“Applications close on Wednesday 25 July, which means community organisations have just two weeks left to apply,” Ms Macklin said.

“Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit organisations to help purchase much-needed small equipment items such as computers, first aid kits and sunshades.

“The grants can also be used to help pay for volunteers’ fuel costs, training courses, and background checks.”

To support Australians most in need, preference for grants will be given to organisations with volunteers that assist disadvantaged communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.

The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, said volunteers are the lifeblood of our community organisations.

“Volunteers play a crucial role in helping individuals and their communities at the grassroots level,” Ms Collins said.

“Around six million volunteers contribute more than 700 million hours a year to the community in areas such as emergency services, sports, welfare and the arts.

“Last year more than 4,600 organisations received Volunteer Grants funding, which helped support over 200,000 hard-working volunteers.

“They do exceptional work, helping to achieve a better quality of life for individuals and their communities,” Ms Collins said.

Apply at or call the Volunteer Grants Hotline on 1800 183 374.