Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has called on community organisations across Far North Queensland to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to support the efforts of their volunteers.
Mr Entsch said applications for the Volunteer Grants round were now open.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and by continuing to help each other and work together, we are building a stronger and safer Far North Queensland,” Mr Entsch said.
“Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will help community organisations across Far North Queensland buy equipment such as laptops, pay fuel costs, train volunteers and improve their fundraising.
“Twenty-five organisations in Far North Queensland were among the 2,690 groups nationally who benefited from the Volunteer Grants in 2016 including Oz Harvest, Volunteer Marine Rescue Thursday Island, Mossman Archery Club and the Cooktown Tennis Club.
“The Hekili Outrigger Canoe Club at Yorkeys Knob used their $5000 grant towards the reimbursement of volunteers’ training costs, first aid and safety along with purchasing construction tools.
“The Queensland Country Women’s’ Association Mossman Branch used their $5000 grant towards computer, electronic, audio and video equipment.
“I encourage all not-for-profit organisations across Far North Queensland to apply for the Volunteer Grants to help make the work of our volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable.”
For more information or to apply, visit the Australian Government’s GrantConnect website at www.grants.gov.au
Applications close Tuesday 18 September 2018.