May 27, 2011

Volunteer grants closing soon

Inner West not-for-profit organisations are being encouraged to apply for Volunteer Grants by Labor Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese.

Grants between $1000 and $5000 are available to help eligible not-for-profit organisations purchase equipment, cover volunteers’ fuel costs and contribute to training courses and background checks.

However, with the closing date for the 2011 grants less than two weeks away, Mr Albanese is encouraging local organisations to get their applications in immediately.

“These Volunteer Grants are a great way to support local volunteers who give up their time to help others in the Inner West,” said Mr Albanese.

“Eighteen local organisations received grants in Grayndler last year ranging from the Canterbury and District Historical Society to Climate Action Newtown, the Sierra Leone Cultural Performance Group and the Sydney Women’s Baseball Association.”

The Gillard Government recognises and values the important work of volunteers, who play a crucial role in our communities and in recent months have made a vital contribution in disaster-affected areas.

This year, volunteers are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations International Year of Volunteers.

Applications close on 8 June 2011 and can be made by visiting www.fahcsia.gov.au or calling 1800 183 374.