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Volunteer Grants now open.



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The Hon Bob Baldwin MP Federal Member for Paterson

12 September 2008

VOLUNTEER GRANTS NOW OPEN

Paterson MP Bob Baldwin has called for community groups to make applications for funding under the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants program.

The Volunteer Grants Program provides funding for eligible not-for-profit organisations to support their volunteers and encourage volunteering by:

• purchasing small equipment and sporting items to help their existing volunteers and to encourage more people to become volunteers

• contributing towards fuel costs incurred in their volunteering work, such as when using their cars to transport others to activities, deliver food and assist people in need.

“Not-for-profit organisations can receive up to $2,500 to help pay for their volunteers' petrol bills, as part of the $21 million Volunteer Grants Program 2008,” said Mr Baldwin.

“Under the Program, grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 can also be used to purchase equipment, including computers, tools, air conditioners and sporting equipment.

“School Parents and Citizens Associations (P&Cs) will also have the opportunity to apply for funding along with other not-for-profit organisations.”

Applications close on Friday 17 October.

More information on the program, including application forms and guidelines, is available at www.fahcsia.gov.au or by calling the toll-free hotline on 1800 183 374.

Media enquiries: Shelley Mexon - 0421 443 401

Bob Baldwin - 0419 694 620

www.patersononline.com Electorate: PO Box 156 Raymond Terrace NSW 2324, 35 Sturgeon Street Raymond Terrace. Phone (02) 4983 1330 Canberra: Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Phone (02) 6277 4200

Email: bob.baldwin.mp@aph.gov.au