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Gippsland volunteer organisations have an opportunity to receive much needed financial support for their valuable work in the community.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester this week announced the 2019-2020 Volunteer Grants round was now open.

“Grants of between $1000 and $5000 are available to community groups to help pay for equipment such as computers or white goods, reimburse fuel expenses or help with the cost of training their volunteers or doing background checks,” Mr Chester said.

“Volunteers devote a lot of time raising money to buy much needed equipment and undertake a variety of activities. Through the Volunteer Grants program, we can give them a helping hand and make their roles as volunteers easier and more enjoyable.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and by continuing to help each other and work together, we are building a stronger and safer Gippsland.”

This year’s grant round will be conducted in two phases.

In the first phase, interested organisations must apply to be considered to be nominated for a grant. To do that, they must complete an Expression of Interest form and submit it by January 24, 2020.

Selected organisations will be nominated to proceed to the second phase and invited to apply to the Department of Families and Social Services for a grant.

Volunteer organisations in Gippsland can find the Expression of Interest form at www.darrenchester.com.au under the Volunteer Grants tab. Completed forms must be submitted by 5pm Friday, January 24, 2020.

Grant program details are available at www.communitygrants.gov.au.

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