Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Volunteer Grants 2011 closing soon

Joint Media Release with:

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

  • Julie Collins MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services

With the closing date for Volunteer Grants 2011 fast approaching, the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services, Julie Collins, are encouraging not-for-profit organisations across Australia to apply.

The Gillard Government is continuing its support of the nation’s volunteers with $16 million worth of grant funding.

Applications close on Wednesday 8 June 2011, so local organisations have just a short time left to apply.

Grants between $1000 and $5000 are available to help eligible not-for-profit organisations purchase equipment such as computers, first aid kits and sunshades and contribute to volunteers’ fuel costs, training courses and background checks.

To support Australians most in need, preference will be given to organisations with volunteers that assist disadvantaged individuals, families and communities, organisations located in regional and rural areas and organisations affected by recent natural disasters.

Last year more than 6000 organisations received Volunteer Grants funding, which helped support more than 250,000 volunteers.

In 2010, petrol reimbursements alone assisted more than 29,000 volunteers, saving them over $2.8 million at the bowser.

The Gillard Government recognises and values the important work of volunteers who play a crucial role in our communities.

This year volunteers are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations International Year of Volunteers.

To apply, please visit or call 1800 183 374.