2019-20 Volunteer Grants

The Australian Government is inviting organisations via a closed non-competitive process to apply for a Volunteer Grant under the Families and Communities Program – Volunteer Grants Activity in 2019-2020.  

The Volunteer Grants Activity is an element of the Families and Communities Program. 

The Families and Communities Program aims to strengthen relationships, support families, improve well being of children and young people, reduce the cost of family breakdown and strengthen family and community functioning.

Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers. 

The objectives of Volunteer Grants are to: 

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

The intended outcome of the program is to strengthen community functioning by increasing participation in volunteering.

What are Volunteer Grants?
Volunteer Grants are part of the Australian Government’s commitment to assist volunteers and encourage volunteering. Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 (GST exclusive) 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.

How can I apply for the 2019-20 Volunteer Grants grant opportunity?
The 2019-20 grant round will be a two-phase process:

o   Phase one: From 16 December 2019 to 21 February 2020, Members of Parliament (MPs) will be able to nominate organisations from within their electorate to apply for funding.

o   Phase two: From 10 March 2020 to 6 April 2020, nominated organisations will be able to apply for funding.

MPs will nominate organisations from within their electorate to apply for funding. Each electorate will have a funding cap of $66,000 (GST exclusive).

If your organisation is nominated, the Community Grants Hub will send you an application form in March 2020.

A nomination to submit an application by your Member of Parliament does not guarantee that your application will be successful.

Applications will be considered through a closed non-competitive selection process. Grant funding is limited to $66,000 (GST exclusive) per electorate. Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received. Once this funding cap is reached no further applications will be funded.

The Community Grants Hub will review your application against the eligibility criteria. Only eligible applications will receive a grant.

The latest possible date you can submit your application is 11.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on 6 April 2020.

To apply or find out more information visit https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/volunteer-grants-activity-%E2%80%93-2019-20-volunteer-grants

Open Date:   Tue 14/01/2020

Close Date:   Mon 06/04/2020