Six local community organisations in East Gippsland will receive money from the Federal Government to support their hard-working volunteers.
Local MP Darren Chester said grants between $1,000 and $5,000 had been allocated to help the local groups with their expenses.
“Volunteers and community organisations are an integral part of our society and need our support during these difficult times,” Mr Chester said.
“These grants will help them to continue to operate and provide their much-valued services to our community.”
Gippsland groups to receive funding include:
- Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association – Marlo ($4,836)
- Bairnsdale Rowing Club ($2,078)
- Buchan Tennis Club Inc (3,450)
- Days for Girls Australia Ltd – East Gippsland Chapter ($1,500)
- Friends of Picnic Point Reserve Landcare Group Inc (1,518)
- Koalas of Raymond Island Inc ($2,725)
“These grants are designed to help groups to purchase small items of equipment and pay for fuel, transport and training costs,” Mr Chester said.
“This is a simple way to recognise and support our volunteers for all the work they do, not just in tough times when fundraising can be difficult but throughout the year.
Volunteer peak bodies from all states and territories have distributed the government grants based on the needs of the sector in each state or territory.
The 2020-21 Volunteer Grants round is expected to open mid-2021.