Brigades are encouraged to apply for funding under the 2021-22 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).
Applications are now open for the next round of funding with grants of up to $150,000 available.
VESEP supports volunteers by providing funding to replace or purchase new auxiliary operational equipment, appliances and field command vehicles as well as improve occupational health and safety, training aides and volunteer amenities.
Under the program the Victorian Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with $2 co-contribution, to the maximum contribution of $150,000.
There are five categories under which funding is available:
- Volunteer amenities costing less than $5000
- Minor works costing less than $100000
- Operational equipment
- Specialist appliances and field command vehicles