Monday 31 July 2023

Indi Volunteer Grants program opens for local community organisations

Independent Federal Member for Indi Helen Haines has announced the 2023-24 Volunteer Grants program is now open for Expressions of Interest.

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to assist eligible not-for-profit community organisations support the efforts of their volunteers by enabling the inclusion of vulnerable people and promoting volunteer participation.

“There is always strong interest in these grants, and I receive many applications from a variety of hard-working, community focused organisations,” Dr Haines said.

The grants funding is available for specific uses including:

• Purchasing eligible small equipment for volunteer use

• Contributing to volunteer transport costs

• Training courses for volunteers• Adapting practices to support volunteers’ safety

• Costs of background screening checks for volunteers

• Activities that promote awareness of or increase participation in volunteering

“In previous years, recipients of these grants have invested in first aid training, purchased iPads and sound equipment, and covered the costs of promoting and recruiting new volunteers,” Dr Haines said.

“I am always inspired by the dedication of volunteer groups that I meet with as I travel across Indi, and grants such as this go a long way in supporting volunteers to continue their important work.

“Volunteers provide essential services to our communities that might not otherwise be met, and they build social connection which is important for our mental health and wellbeing.

“I encourage all not-for-profit community organisations to consider putting in an expression of interest which will be assessed by a panel of community members, with successful applicants then invited to apply to the Department of Social Services for a grant,” Dr Haines said.

Details on the eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found at: helenhaines.org/resources/grants/volunteer-grants-2023-24/


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