Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, today encouraged local community organisations to apply for a grant of up to $5000 to assist the work of their volunteers.  

The funding is being provided under a $20 million Volunteer Grant funding round, announced by the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP. 

Organisations working with individuals or communities experiencing disadvantage, including communities affected by natural disasters, are encouraged to apply.

“This is a great opportunity for community organisations in Bonner to apply for a grant of between $1000 and $5000 to help make the work of their volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable,” Mr Vasta said.

“These grants can be used by organisations to help with costs incurred by their volunteers,
and could include the cost of fuel to take seniors to the doctor, first aid training, background security checks or transport for volunteers with disability who cannot drive.”

“Community organisations can also purchase much-needed equipment, such as computers or printers, so they can keep pace with technology.”

Mr Vasta said  the funding demonstrated the Government’s commitment to supporting volunteers, and that he was glad to see local organisations can now apply for funding to help support their volunteers’ valuable work.

Applications for Volunteer Grants close 2pm AEDT, Wednesday 9 December 2015. For further
information go to

Alternatively, contact the Volunteer Grants 2015 Hotline on free call 1800 183 374 or email


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