Senator Matt Thistlethwaite has this morning called on local volunteer organisations to apply for Federal Govt grants.
Senator Matt Thistlethwaite has this morning called on local volunteer organisations to apply for Federal Govt grants. ROB WRIGHT

Volunteer groups are entitled to a cut of Aus Govt funds

COMMUNITY organisations in the Cowper electorate can now apply for Australian Government grants worth up to $5,000 to support their volunteers.

Duty Senator for Cowper, Matt Thistlethwaite, is encouraging not-for-profit organisations to apply for the grants worth between $1,000 and $5,000.

"The grants are that little bit of extra support for organisations and their volunteers to continue their great work in our local community," Senator Thistlethwaite said.

"Organisations 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.

The Federal Government said last year these grants helped 74 community organisations in Cowper, with a total value of over $245,000 to the community.

"For example, the Deadly Sista Girlz Aboriginal Corporation received $2600 to help in their work to improve the health and welfare of local Goori women," Senator Thistlethwaite said.

The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, said last year's grants assisted 4,800 community organisations, which helped more than 166,000 of their volunteers.

"Volunteers are an integral part of our culture, heritage and daily life - more than six million Australians volunteer each year," Ms Collins said.

Applications for Volunteer Grants 2013 close at 5pm AEST 24 April 2013. To apply, go to www.fahcsia.gov.au.



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