Below our most recent Grants e-newsletters:
Are you a volunteer-based organisation who could use a $1,000 - $5,000 grant?
Grants are available to:
* purchase eligible small equipment items for use by volunteers;
* contribute to volunteers’ fuel costs;
* contribute to transport costs for volunteers with disability unable to drive;
* assist with training costs for volunteers; or
* undertake background screening checks.
The first step for your organisation to be considered for a volunteer grant is to register your interest with Pat Conroy MP.
You must do this by Friday, 21 February, 2020. Email [email protected] with "Volunteer Grants" in the subject line.
Please include the following information
Name of organisation:
Business address of the nominated organisation.
Details of two contacts at the nominated organisation.
Title First name:
Reason for application:
After 21 February, Pat Conroy will shortlist applications and send this information to the Commonwealth Department of Social Services.
The Department of Social Services will then email organisations who have been deemed eligible with details of how to formally apply.
Please read the guidelines before emailing Pat Conroy.
The Volunteer Grants Activity is an element of the Families and Communities Program.
The Families and Communities Program aims to strengthen relationships, support families, improve well‑being of children and young people, reduce the cost of family breakdown and strengthen family and community functioning.
Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers. The grants form part of the Government’s work to support volunteers, as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering.
The objectives of Volunteer Grants are to:
The intended outcome of the program is to strengthen community functioning by increasing participation in volunteering.
The Department of Social Services and Community Grants Hub administers the program according to the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines 2017 (CGRGs).
For this grant opportunity up to $10 million (GST exclusive) is available in 2019-20. Funding of up to $66,000 (GST exclusive) is available in each of the 151 Federal electorates.
Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations. This funding is to be used to:
The Activity will be undertaken in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant.
You must spend the grant funding within the Volunteer Grant activity period, which commences on execution of the agreement and concludes on 30 June 2021.
We cannot consider your application if you do not satisfy all eligibility criteria.
To be eligible to apply you must:
NOTE: If you are applying as a Trustee on behalf of a Trust, the Trustee must be an eligible entity as listed below. You may be required to provide evidence of your entity type.
An authorised signatory must be provided with every application. In the event that the department is unable to validate legal entity status, the department will consider the application as though the authorised signatory has submitted the application on behalf of a community group that is not a legal entity (see section 4.3 for further detail).
In order to receive funding you must also use the grant to meet the objectives of the Volunteer Grants Activity. The objectives are to:
Community groups that are not legal entities are eligible to apply for funding, however the application must be from an authorised signatory (president, chairperson, secretary or treasurer) within the community group. This means that:
The community group must operate independently with a formal governing structure that meets regularly and supports local community volunteers within its group.
In applying for a 2019-20 Volunteer Grant, the individual representing a community group must:
You are not eligible to apply if you are:
Small equipment items can make a volunteer’s work easier, safer and more enjoyable.
They can also help volunteers keep up with changing technology by supporting volunteers to access digital and electronic equipment.
Grant recipients are required to be accountable for the expenditure of a grant for the approved purpose.
Grant money can only be used for eligible items. Grant applicants should ensure that the grant is used to pay for items that are cost effective and reasonably priced.
The grant money can be used as a contribution towards buying eligible small equipment used by volunteers. It can be used for transport for volunteers with disability who cannot drive, or for fuel costs incurred by volunteers. It can also be used to pay for training courses or background screening checks for volunteers.
Eligible small equipment
To be an eligible item, small equipment items must be portable, tangible and bought for the benefit of volunteers. They may be low-cost and include delivery/freight and set‑up costs.
Transport costs of volunteers with disability
Volunteers with disability who cannot drive can be reimbursed for the cost of transport or provided with pre-paid travel cards for use while undertaking their volunteering work. This transport includes taxis and public transport (pre-paid travel cards are acceptable).
Fuel costs incurred by volunteers
Eligible fuel costs are costs associated with volunteers using their own cars for volunteering work. Volunteers can be reimbursed for the cost of the petrol or provided with pre-paid petrol cards. This includes delivering food and helping people in need. Fuel costs that are eligible include all motor vehicle fuels including petrol, diesel and gas.
Training for volunteers
Grants can be used to support the costs of training to help volunteers learn new skills, or gain qualifications for their volunteering work. Training courses may include mental health, first aid, leadership, communication, governance and/or working with vulnerable people. Courses which are recognised and lead to a Statement of Attainment, Certificate or Diploma are preferred.
REMEMBER, THE FIRST STEP IS TO EMAIL PAT CONROY BY 21 FEBRUARY 2020.