Media Release by The Hon Dan Tehan MP

$20 million to support Australia’s volunteers

Community organisations will benefit from $20 million in grants to support the efforts of their volunteers.

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan today announced the Volunteer Grants round.

“The Turnbull Government recognises the value of Australia’s 8.7 million volunteers,” Mr Tehan said.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities, giving up their time and expertise to help charities, sports clubs and schools.

“Volunteering also helps people into jobs, reduces social marginalisation and increases community participation.

“By helping each other and working together, we are building stronger and safer communities.”

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 can be used towards the cost of essential items that help make the work of volunteers easier, safer, and more enjoyable, such as equipment, training, transport and background screening.

Across Australia, volunteer efforts make an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion.

The Volunteer Grants round is expected to open in August.

For more information, visit the Department of Social Services’ Community Grants Hub website to subscribe to updates on the application process.