Jul 26, 2013

Grants for Inner West volunteers

Six community organisations in the Inner West will share in $16,000 through the Australian Government’s 2013 Volunteer Grants program.

Federal Labor Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, said the grants, which range between $1000 and $5000, will help volunteers meet the rising costs of running a not-for-profit organisation.

“The Rudd Labor Government appreciates the important contribution volunteers make to life in the Inner West,” Mr Albanese said.

The recipients include the Marrickville based Brazilian Community Council of Australia, the Balmain Dockers Women’s Football Club and the Parents and Citizens’ Associations from Canterbury Public School, Haberfield Public School, Marrickville West Public School and Wilkins Public School.

“These grants will help these valuable community organisations purchase much-needed equipment such as computers, barbecues, shade cloths and sheds or as a contribution towards training courses, background checks and transport costs of volunteers with disability who are unable to drive,” Mr Albanese said.

“This is just one way the Rudd Labor Government can say thank you for the selfless work and commitment of volunteers in the Inner West.”

Through these grants, volunteers will be better equipped to assist those who are marginalised, disadvantaged or facing hardship remain connected to their community.

In Australia, more than six million people volunteer each year.

More information is available at ww.fahcsia.gov.au or by calling 1800 183 374.