Ross Vasta, Federal Member for Bonner, has today encouraged voluntary organisations in Bonner to apply for the 2011 round of Volunteer Grants, which opened this week.

Volunteer grants were first introduced by the Howard Government in recognition of the valuable contribution voluntary groups make to the community. 2011 marks the tenth year of their operation. The grants provide funding of between $1,000 and $5,000 to voluntary organisations to:

  • Purchase portable, tangible, small equipment items to help volunteers
  • Contribute to the reimbursement of fuel costs for their volunteers who use their own car to transport others to activities, deliver food and assist people in need
  • Contribute to the reimbursement of transport costs incurred by volunteers with disability who are unable to drive
  • Contribute to the costs of training courses and/or undertake background screening checks for volunteers.

“Volunteers and voluntary organisations have helped shape Australia through their work in the community,” Mr Vasta said.

“These grants will provide welcome support to voluntary organisations in Bonner.”

Applications for the grants close on the 8th June.

For further information on Volunteer Grants, call 1800 183 374 or email vg2011@fahcsia.gov.au.

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