Local community groups in the Parkes electorate are being urged to apply for Federal Government funding to support their volunteers.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said eligible groups can now submit their Expressions of Interest (EOI) to his office for the Coalition Government’s 2019-20 Volunteer Grants program.
“Volunteers make such an important impact right around my electorate,” Mr Coulton said.
“I think we can all see just how important volunteering is to rural and regional communities, with the enormous volunteer effort fighting the ongoing fires in eastern New South Wales and further south.
“There are many organisations whose volunteers make our community a better place to live.
“Whether it’s the local Country Women’s Association (CWA), Meals on Wheels or the State Emergency Service (SES) – amongst many others – there are a range of groups whose volunteers are vital in our community.
“Volunteering is also a great way to increase your confidence and help with developing new skills, while also giving back to your community.”
Mr Coulton said eligible organisations can download an EOI form for submission to his office by 5pm on 14 February 2020.
The grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 can be used to buy small equipment for volunteers or for the reimbursement of volunteer fuel, transport or training costs.
Each Federal Member of Parliament is able to nominate organisations to apply for funding in their electorate between now and February. A total of $66,000 has been made available to each electorate.
The Department of Social Services will then send an application form to nominated organisations to apply for funding in March 2020. Successful applicants will be announced in June 2020.
For more information about the 2019-20 Volunteer Grants program, please visit www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants
Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with Coonamble Rural Fire Brigade, which was a recipient of a Volunteer Grant under the 2018-19 round.