The Australian Government has released the Volunteer Grants Program for 2013. The program recognises the valuable work of Australia's volunteers by providing $16 million in funding for eligible not-for-profit community organisations to assist their volunteers and encourage volunteering. Grants fo between $1000 and $5000 are available to:

  • Purchase portable, tangible, small equipment items to help their volunteers
  • Contribute to the reimbursement of fuel costs for volunteers who use their own car to transport others to activities, to deliver food, assist with medical appointments and help people in need
  • Contribute to the reimburesement of transport costs incurred by volunteers with disability, who are unable to drive
  • Contribute to the costs of training courses and/or undertake background screening checks for their volunteers

More information on the program, including the program guidelines and applicant form, is available on the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs website at www.fahcsia.gov.au/funding. Alternatively, you can contact the Department on 1300 653 887 or vg2013@fahcsia.gov.au. Organisations are encouraged to read the guidelines before completing the application form.

Applications close 24 April 2013 at 5pm AEST.