$16 million for volunteers


Senator the Hon Kate Lundy

Senator for the ACT

The Hon Andrew Leigh

Member for Fraser

26 JULY 2013


Community organisations in Fraser will share in $27,564 through the Australian Government’s 2013 Volunteer Grants program.

Senator for the ACT, the Hon Kate Lundy and Federal Member for Fraser, Dr Andrew Leigh, said nine organisations have been successful under the program and that the grants, which range between $1000 and $5000, will help volunteers meet the rising costs of running a not-for-profit organisation. The grants are:

  • The Australian Capital Territory Blind Cricket Association for transport expenses;

  • Another Chance Opportunity Shop for store supplies;

  • Meals and Bread Program for food storage equipment;

  • Ginninderra District Girl Guides for cooking and computer equipment;

  • Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children’s Literature Association for computer equipment;

  • Special Olympics ACT for office equipment;

  • Diamantina Scout Group for kitchen and cooking equipment;

  • Transplant ACT Committee for volunteer background screening checks; and

  • UN Women Australia for computer equipment and training courses.

“The Rudd Labor Government recognises the invaluable contribution volunteers make to Australian society,” Dr Leigh said.

“They are the life-blood of our communities, but the increasing financial strains they are under makes it difficult for them to deliver the important services they provide to our community every day.

“Volunteers are our unsung heroes. They give up their free time, lend a helping hand and help build a stronger community.

“These grants will help community organisations to purchase much-needed equipment or as a contribution towards training courses, background checks and transport costs of volunteers with disability who are unable to drive,” Senator Lundy said.

“This is just one way the Rudd Labor Government can say thank you for the selfless work and commitment of Fraser’s volunteers.”

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 on the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs website at www.fahcsia.gov.au or by calling 1800 183 374

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