The state government’s Emerging Stronger Volunteer Grant Program is now open to all volunteers, such as those at Wyndham, to ensure volunteers essential to delivering essential and community services can move forward.
On Thursday, June 9, Minister for Disabilities, Aging and Carers, Anthony Carbines, announced that the million dollar scheme was ready to receive applications.
“Volunteers are essential to a wide range of essential services and community activities,” Mr Carbines said.
“They are also healthier and happier thanks to the social connections and sense of purpose and achievement that volunteering provides.
“The grant scheme will boost volunteering to help drive Victoria’s social recovery from COVID-19,” he said.
In a statement, the government said the scheme was a key part of the Victorian Volunteering Strategy launched in May, encouraging the community to build up the volunteer workforce, after the “significant drop in volunteering” when the pandemic took hold. hit in 2020.
“The Victorian Volunteering Strategy is the government’s five-year action plan to promote, develop, support and celebrate all forms of volunteering,” the government said.
Applications for grants of up to $80,000 are open for projects aimed at reintegrating volunteers, expanding volunteer bases and strengthening local volunteerism.
Applicants must have an established network or partnership that allows activities to start immediately, with applications due to close at 9:00 a.m., Monday, July 18. Successful candidates will be announced in August.