Volunteer Grants 2019-20

Volunteer Grants is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to assist volunteers and encourage volunteering. Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available 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.

The 2019-20 funding round will be undertaken through an electorate based, closed, non-competitive selection process. The change will ensure grant funding addresses local priorities and reduce the cost of grants administration proportionate to grant outcomes.

Under this process Members of Parliament (MPs) will nominate organisations from within their electorate to apply for funding. MPs can nominate organisations between 16 December 2019 and 21 February 2020. Nominations cannot be accepted after this time.

A total funding envelope of $66,000 is available per electorate, and grants can be awarded between $1,000 and $5,000.

In nominating organisations for consideration for a grant, MPs will take account of local needs giving consideration to program objectives:

  • to help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers
  • to help community organisations to support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering
  • to encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

The following factors will be examined as part of consideration process:

  • the proportion of volunteers used by each organisation. At least 40 per cent of staff must be volunteers;
  • the need to support a broad range of organisations delivering diverse activities; and
  • the capacity of each organisation to manage the grant.

Where an organisation does not meet these requirements they may not be awarded a grant.

Examples of organisations that may be eligible

The grants should be used to support a diverse range of priorities such as: drought; environmental conservation; youth services such as scouting groups or local sports clubs; community organisations supporting older Australians such as Meals on Wheels or Men’s Sheds; arts groups; or supporting rural fire services, first aid providers or State Emergency Services. This list is not exhaustive and there may be community organisations using volunteers to engage in other activities that are important to the local community.

Before applying, potential applications should consult the Department of Social Service's Grant Opportunities Guidelines to determine whether their application meets the requirements. The GOG document can be accessed here: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/12_2019/2019-20-volunteer-grants-grant-opportunity-guidelines-3.pdf

How to apply

Prospective applicants must complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form by Friday, 7 February 2020.

The Greenway EOI form can be accessed here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeM5JsWbQ3g9-yH_wZOpEH-4ToMJP97pmSkPrkV1Og3o7COuw/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any questions about the Volunteer Grants 2019-2020 or require assistance with the submission of an EOI, please contact [email protected] or call (02) 9671 4780.