14 community organisations across Chifley will share in over $53,000 to support the work of their volunteers.
Chifley Federal MP Ed Husic said the Gillard Government’s investment in the community sector was delivering much-needed support to local volunteers.
“Volunteers remain the fabric that binds our community together,” Mr Husic said.
“The Volunteer Grants will support a range of local groups such as the Blacktown Meals on Wheels and Rooty Hill RSL Youth Club.”
Minister for Community Services Julie Collins and Ed Husic today visited the Bidwill Community Garden to see the work they do there and to hear the difference their grant will make.
Minister Collins said these grants will help community organisations to purchase much-needed equipment or as a contribution towards training courses, background checks and transport costs of volunteers with disability who are unable to drive.
“They will receive a grant of between $1000 and $5000 to contribute to their volunteers’ fuel costs and purchase much-needed equipment such as barbeques and computer equipment,” Ms Collins said.
“Volunteers continue to make a significant social and economic contribution to Australian society, contributing approximately $14.6 billion to the not-for-profit sector each year.
“Across the country, more than 166,000 volunteers will benefit from the Volunteer Grants.
“The Government is committed to supporting our army of volunteers and this year’s volunteer grants will help them to undertake their selfless work in supporting local communities.”
Minister Collins joined Ed Husic in congratulating everyone involved in the Bidwill Community Garden for their recent awards from Blacktown City Council.
To find out more about Volunteer Grants 2012 visit www.fahcsia.gov.au or call 1800 183 374.