Page MP Janelle Saffin has urged non-profit organisations which are supported by volunteers to apply for Australian Government grants of up to $5000 to purchase equipment and cover the cost of petrol. 

Ms Saffin welcomed the announcement of the second round of the popular Volunteer Grants Program by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Ursula Stephens.

“These handy grants are a small but significant way for the Government to recognise and directly support volunteers who selflessly give up their time to help people in need,” Ms Saffin said.

“We are fortunate to have tens of thousands of volunteers and large numbers of volunteer organisations in Page. Forty-five of these organisations received funding under last year’s Volunteer Grants Program.

“The Australian Government values the enormous contribution volunteers make in our community and this funding will ease the financial pressure on non-profit organisations and volunteers.

“Grants can be used to purchase equipment or to help cover volunteers’ fuel costs incurred when carrying out their volunteering activities.”

A total of $21 million will be distributed across Australian in the 2009 round of volunteer grants, supporting more than 7000 organisations and 900,000 volunteers.

Organisations will receive grants of between $1000 and $5000 to purchase equipment, including computers, tools, air conditioners and sporting equipment, and also help with fuel costs.

Applications are open until to September 25, 2009.

For more information on the 2009 Volunteer Grants Program, including an online application form, please visit