2020 Local Volunteer Grants Program

Applications Close 14 February 2020


What is the Local Volunteer Grants Program? 

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations. This funding can be used to:

  • Purchase eligible small equipment items for use by volunteers
  • Contribute to volunteers’ fuel costs
  • Contribute to transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive
  • Assist with the costs of training courses for volunteers
  • Undertake background screening checks for volunteers.

Is my organisation eligible for this program? 

Grants are available to organisations where at least 40 per cent of staff are volunteers, and can be used for activities that:

  • Help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers
  • Help community organisations to support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering
  • Encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

How to apply? 

If your organisation would like yo be considered for a grant, please fill in the expression of interest from in blue below . My office is available to help you with any queries and can assist you in preparing an expression of interest. We can be contacted on 03 9687 7661 or at 

Nominated organisations will then formally be invited to apply for a grant and applications will be assessed by the Department of Social Services.

If you would like more information on this program, feel free to contact my office or search


Expression of Interest - 2020 Local Volunteer Grants Program