Wilson's Word - Kalgoorlie Miner Column - Volunteer Grants - August 14, 2018
I’m a big supporter of small grants that can make a huge difference to our regional communities, so I was pleased when last week, the Australian Government announced two new rounds of community funding - the $20million 2018 Volunteer Grants and the $22.5million Stronger Communities Programme.
Volunteer Grants support community organisations by providing grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to purchase small items such as laptops, kitchen appliances and office furniture. These grants can also be used to cover volunteers’ transport costs and pay for training courses, a big plus for our regional volunteer organisations who put so much back into their communities.
I firmly believe 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 getting a job, helps reduce marginalisation and increases community participation.
The latest round of Volunteer Grants was announced last week and there were 38 organisations in my O’Connor electorate who were successful in their applications. This included Souths City Football Club who received $3,000 to spend on first-aid equipment which will help keep everyone safe, on and off the field.
Applications for Volunteer Grants close on Tuesday, September 18. More information at www.communitygrants.gov.au.
Another fantastic initiative is the Stronger Communities Programme which provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to community groups and local government organisations for small capital projects that deliver demonstrable social benefits. These grants cover 50 per cent of eligible project costs and organisations can fund their share from any source including state and local government funding.
In the last round of Stronger Communities grants, the Goldfields Women's Refuge received $15,418 to replace its kitchen, providing for new cupboards and bench tops, two new ovens, gas cooktops, range hoods, a new fridge-freezer as well as dining chairs and tables. The Goldfields Womens Refuge plays a vital role in keeping women and families safe in times of crisis and I was pleased to visit them and see first-hand how this much-needed grant was going to benefit the day-to-day running of their operations.
Applications for Stronger Communities grants are by invitation, so I encourage you to contact my Kalgoorlie office with details of your proposal.