Community organisations across the Territory are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $5000 to assist local volunteers.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the funding was being provided under a $10 million Coalition Government Volunteer Grant funding round, announced by the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter.
“This funding is a key part of the Coalition Government’s support for volunteers, recognising the important contribution volunteers make. They give their time and energy to help build stronger, more cohesive communities,” Senator Scullion said.
“Territory organisations and community groups that rely on the support of volunteers are being encouraged to consider applying for grants of between $1000 and $5000 to support the important work of their volunteers.
“More than 40 organisations in the Territory were among the 5282 groups nationally that benefitted from these grants last year. The funding can be used for anything that helps with costs incurred by their volunteers, such as first aid training, background security checks or transport for volunteers who may have a disability.
“Community organisations can also purchase much-needed equipment, such as iPads or printers, so they can keep pace with technology.”
In opening the Volunteer Grants 2016, Minister Porter said the funding was part of the Government’s commitment of $28 million over 2016-17 for the Strengthening Communities programme that supported the capacity of communities to address local issues.
“Funding priority will be given to organisations working in disadvantaged communities or those affected by natural disasters,” Minister Porter said.
“I particularly encourage regional and Indigenous organisations to apply.”