Community groups encouraged to apply

Volunteer groups like the SES are vital to our community.

Volunteer groups like the SES are vital to our community.

Federal funding is now available for volunteers in the region through the Federal Coalition Government's 2019-2020 Volunteer Grants program.

Federal member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie, said a total of $66,000 in funding was available and encouraged community groups throughout the region to apply.

"Volunteering is part of the Australian way of life," he said.

"It has many social and economic benefits such as increased confidence, reduced marginalisation and skill development.

"The grants form part of our government's commitment to supporting organisations whose volunteers assist our communities and encourage the inclusion of vulnerable people in our society.

"My office will liaise with community leaders and relevant committees to identify priority volunteer support for our local area."

Dr Gillespie said the grants could be used to buy equipment for volunteers or for the reimbursement of volunteer fuel, transport or training costs.

Between $1,000 and $5,000 is available to each community group.

Dr Gillespie will nominate organisations from the Lyne electorate for funding between now and February 21.

The Department of Social Services will then send an application form to nominated organisations to apply for funding in March 2020.

Successful applicants will be announced in June 2020.

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