Grants open for volunteer organisations


FEDERAL Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson is calling on community organisations in O’Connor to apply for a share of the $20 million available to support the efforts of their volunteers.

“Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will help community organisations purchase items such as computer equipment and kitchen appliances, pay fuel costs, train volunteers, and improve their fundraising efforts,” Mr Wilson said.

“Thirty-eight organisation in O’Connor were among the 2,690 groups nationally who benefited from the Volunteer Grants in 2017/18. These included the Albany Cycling Club, the Boyup Brook Tennis Club and the Upper Great Southern Hockey Association.

“The Manjimup Lions Club used their $5,000 grant to purchase computer equipment, while Esperance Care Services’ $2,863 bought kitchen appliances.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and by continuing to help each other and work together, we are building a stronger and safer Australia.

“Volunteering is also a proven pathway to get people into jobs, reduce marginalisation and increase community participation.

“I encourage all volunteer organisations to apply for the grants to help make their work easier, safer and more rewarding.”

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will help around 5,000 national community organisations buy equipment such as laptops, pay fuel costs, train volunteers and improve their fundraising.

Across Australia, volunteer efforts make an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion.

“I encourage all not-for-profit organisations to apply for the Volunteer Grants to help make the work of their volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable,” Mr Wilson said.

For more information or to apply, visit the Australian Government’s Grant Connect website at

Applications close Tuesday, September 18.

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