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$10 million in grants to support volunteers


Release Date: 9/11/2016

The Illawarra Business Chamber is encouraging community organisations across the region to apply for the 2016 Volunteer Grants funding round which opened yesterday.

Illawarra Business Chamber Executive Director, Chris Lamont, said that $10 million in grants are now available to community organisations to support the efforts of their volunteers.

“Grants of up to $5000 are available to be used by community organisations to buy much-needed equipment that supports their work, train volunteers or improve fundraising efforts,” said Chris Lamont.

The Minister for Social Services says that particular priority will be given to organisations working in disadvantaged communities and those affected by natural disasters.

“About six million Australians volunteer each year and they play a critical role in helping other people be part of their communities. Without volunteers many organisations would simply not be able to provide the support they do to our community,” said Chris Lamont.

“Volunteers are often unsung heroes and are a critical part of the community from surf lifesaving to Meals on Wheels and State Emergency Services. The Illawarra has a strong volunteer ethos which was evident ten days ago when over 400 volunteers assisted with the recent visit of the Radiance of the Seas in Port Kembla,” said Chris Lamont.

Applications for Volunteer Grants opened yesterday and close 20 December 2016.

For further information go to dss.gov.au/grants or call the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on freecall 1800 020 283 or email grants@dss.gov.au (link sends e-mail).

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

Media contact: Katherine Baker 0417 135 858



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