This program aims to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers. It is an element of the Families and Communities Program which aims to strengthen relationships, improve well-being of children and young people, reduce the cost of family breakdown, strengthen family and community functioning and facilitate the settlement of migrants and humanitarian entrants in the community.
The program forms part of the government’s work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.
Grants between $1,000 and $5,000 are available.
A total funding pool of $20 million is available in 2018.
Eligible applicants must be Australian not-for-profit organisations or community groups whose volunteers’ work supports families and/or communities in Australia.
If applying as a Trustee on behalf of a Trust, the Trustee must be one of the following entity types (applicants may be required to provide evidence of their entity type):
- Incorporated association
- Statutory entity
- Non-corporate State/Territory statutory authority
- Corporate Commonwealth entity
- Corporate State/Territory entity
- Indigenous corporation
- Person representing a volunteer based community group (authorized signatory)
In addition, applicants must:
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or be willing to provide a Statement by Supplier Form (reason for not quoting an ABN). This form is available at the Australian Tax Office website).
- Have an account with an Australian financial institution.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of ineligible applicants.
Eligible activities include:
- 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.
- Undertake background screening checks for volunteers.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities/items.
The main assessment criteria include:
- Organisations/community groups that work with disadvantaged communities. This will be prioritised according to the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA).
- Organisations/community groups that support individuals and communities experiencing disadvantage. This includes organisations/community groups which engage volunteers from disadvantaged backgrounds. Organisations which help more than one disadvantaged group will be assessed more highly.
- Organisations/community groups that have more volunteers than paid staff.
- How many people in the community benefit from the volunteering activity.
- A higher number of volunteers who will directly use the items being bought.
- Organisations/community groups with high numbers of volunteers.
- Organisations/community groups with smaller operating budgets.
- A lower total cost for the requested items.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Items that do not directly benefit the organisation’s volunteers
- Advertising, logos, banners, display boards, uniforms, badging, or other things that advertise the organisation/community group
- Administration costs such as leasing, rental, hiring, labour, utilities, insurance and travel
- Fees, charges, and subscriptions
- Service charges, extended warranties and other labour costs
- Conferences and functions
- Vehicles and powered boats
- Buildings, renovations and permanent fixtures - plumbing, kitchens, hot water systems, fencing, etc.
- Window coverings (such as curtains and awnings) and floor coverings
- Consumable supplies – food, books, stationary (such as paper and folders), cleaning products, ink, toners, soil, sunscreen, maps, refilling of gas bottles, etc.
- Gym equipment, heart rate monitors
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of ineligible items.