Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has called on community organisations across Cairns and Far North Queensland to apply for grant funding to support the efforts of their hard-working volunteers.
Mr Entsch said the Federal Government was providing grants valued between $1,000 and $5,000 to not-for-profit organisations.
“The grants can be used towards the cost of essential items that help make the work of volunteers in Cairns and Far North Queensland easier, safer, and more enjoyable,” Mr Entsch said.
“These grants can go towards purchasing things such as equipment, training, transport and background screening.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and by continuing to help each other and work together we are building a stronger and safer Cairns and Far North Queensland.
“I encourage all not-for-profit organisations in Cairns and Far North Queensland to apply for the Volunteer Grants round to assist our volunteers and encourage volunteering.”
Federal Social Services Minister Dan Tehan said the Federal Government recognises the value of Australia’s 8.7 million volunteers.
“Volunteering also helps people into jobs, reduces social marginalisation and increases community participation,” Mr Tehan said.
“Across Australia, volunteer efforts make an estimated annual economic and social contribution of more than $290 billion.
“By helping each other and working together, we are building stronger and safer communities.”
The Volunteer Grants round is expected to open in August.
For further information visit the Department of Social Services’ Community Grants Hub website to subscribe to updates on the application process.