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.

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. This program provides grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to help community organisations buy equipment such as laptops, pay fuel costs, or assist with volunteer training costs.

Before submitting an expression of interest, please ensure you have read and understand the Grant Opportunity Guidelines and the eligibility criteria.

More information about this grant can be found here:

Note: Organisations need to be nominated by their Local Member of Parliament. The process varies between each Local Member. Below are key contacts and details for Local Members covering our region.

Catherine King MP – Federal Member for Ballarat
Expression of interest is open until midday 14 February. To receive an expression of interest form, please email

Dan Tehan MP – Federal Member for Wannon
For further information and eligibility guidelines contact his office on 1300 131 692.

Anne Webster MP – Federal Member for Mallee
Applications close on 5th February 2020.
If your group would like to apply for this funding, please visit or contact her office for further information (phone 1300 131620 or email

Libby Coker MP – Federal Member for Corangamite
EOI open until midday 31 January 2020. Complete online form available from: