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Gippsland community organisations can apply for Federal Government funding to support the work of their volunteers.

Mr Chester this week announced the 2021 Volunteer Grants round was now open for Expressions of Interest (EOI) and encouraged local volunteer organisations to apply.

“We are lucky in Gippsland to have so many fantastic volunteer and community organisations,” Mr Chester said.

“Volunteers dedicate a lot of time to helping the community through community events, fundraising, support services and more.

“This funding is designed to assist the organisations to ensure they can continue to provide for and support the community safely and appropriately.

Mr Chester said volunteer organisations can apply for grants between $1,000 to $5,000.

“These grants can help pay for equipment, reimburse fuel costs, expenses associated with training and transport or for promoting awareness and increasing participation in volunteering,” Mr Chester said.

“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.”

Interested organisations must submit an EOI to be considered for a grant. Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 5pm, Tuesday April 20, 2021.

Successful applicants will be then invited to complete a full submission.

Volunteer organisations can submit an EOI form via Darren Chester’s website, which can be found here: https://darrenchester.com.au/2021-volunteer-grants-now-open/ Completed forms must be submitted by 5pm, Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

For grant program details, including guidelines and eligibility visit: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/volunteer-grants-activity-2021-volunteer-grants

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