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Tuesday, 14 October 2008
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Mrs May asked the Minister for Ageing, in writing, on 15 September 2008:

In respect of the Volunteer Grants Program: can the Minister explain the apparent discrepancy between information on the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs website indicating there are no current opportunities for funding under the program, and a statement she made in a media release on 1 July 2008 about a new funding measure under the program - reimbursement of fuel costs for volunteers - beginning that month (July).


Mrs Elliot (Minister for Ageing) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

As at 15 September 2008, the date of the question, a notice on the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs website calls for applications for funding to organisations under the Volunteer Grants Program.  The web address is:

http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/facsinternet.nsf/aboutfacs/programs/sfsc-vgp_2008.htm

The information on the website confirms that the Volunteer Grants Program for 2008 provides opportunities for funding that contributes toward the fuel costs incurred by volunteers when using their cars to transport others to activities, deliver food and assist people in need.

Further questions regarding the Volunteer Grants Program and eligibility should be forwarded to the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.