Page MP Janelle Saffin.
Page MP Janelle Saffin. Jacklyn Wagner

$16m in grants up for grabs

COMMUNITY-based not-for-profit groups are now able to apply for Federal Government grants of between $1000 and $5000, Page MP Janelle Saffin has said.

Ms Saffin said in a written statement she had been getting inquiries from groups within the Page electorate asking when applications for the Volunteer Grants would open and said groups could apply from today until April 24.

A total $16 million had been set aside to pay the grants.

"These grants represent that little bit of extra support for organisations and their volunteers to continue their great work in our local community," Ms Saffin said.

"Organisations in Page can use the funding to buy much-needed small equipment items, such as computers or first-aid kits.

"They can also be used to contribute to volunteers' fuel costs, including transport costs for people with disability who are unable to drive, and help fund volunteers' training courses and background checks.

"Last year, these grants helped 56 community organisations in Page, with a total value of $182,982.92 to the community.

"They were a diverse bunch, including sporting clubs, welfare groups, country hall committees, theatre companies, historical societies and rural fire and emergency services."

Last year's round of Volunteer Grants had helped more than 166,000 volunteers in about 4800 groups.

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