The 2021 Volunteer Grants round is now underway with grants of between $1000 and $5000 available to help community organisations to support the efforts of Australian volunteers. Grants can be used for the purchase of small equipment, fuel used by volunteers during their volunteering activity, screening and training costs. Grants can also be used to increase participation and promote awareness of volunteering opportunities and adjust policies and procedures to ensure volunteer safety.
Organisations must be nominated by their Federal Member of Parliament and meet eligibility criteria.
Each MP is able to nominate organisations to apply for funding in their electorate up to a cap of $132,450. With nominations to be submitted by each electorate to the Department of Social Services by 29 April 2021.
The Department of Social Services will send an application form to nominated organisations to apply for funding in May 2021. Successful applicants will be announced in November 2021.