2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants round now open

  • by Kate Bowman
  • August 27, 2020
Supporting Australia’s Volunteers and Building Resilient Communities

All state and territory volunteering peak bodies across Australia are pleased to be administering the 2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants, which is funded by the Australian Government. This program will provide grants of between $1000- $5000 to community organisations to support volunteers and increase volunteering across Australia.

This funding round has a focus on assisting organisations to re-engage volunteers and adapt their practices to support volunteer safety in relation to COVID-19.

Volunteering Australia Interim CEO Mark Pearce said volunteering has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With recent research from Volunteering Australia having found 65.9% of volunteers stopped volunteering between February and April 2020, the Volunteer Grants are available now to assist your organisation reactivate your volunteering program,” Mr Pearce said.

“Funding can help your organisation support your volunteers and safeguard the return of volunteering, thus allowing volunteering to play its role in social and economic recovery,” Mr Pearce adds.

Funding of between $1000 – $5000 is available under the 2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants Program to help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers.

The grants can be used to buy small equipment for volunteers or for the reimbursement of volunteer fuel, transport or training costs, amongst other things.

The 2020 Supplementary Grants are designed to support volunteer involving organisations with a high proportion (over 40%) of volunteers to:

  • Help support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers
  • Help support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering
  • Encourage, support, and increase participation in volunteering
  • Post COVID-19 re-engagement activities for volunteers
  • Adapting practices to support volunteers’ safety in relation to COVID-19

The intended outcome of the grants is to strengthen community functioning by increasing participation in volunteering.

Applications close 20 September 11:59pm

For more information about the Volunteer Grants click here.


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