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Cash up for grabs for local sport & volunteer groups.



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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

Federal Member for Wannon

10 September 2008

CASH UP FOR GRABS FOR LOCAL SPORT & VOLUNTEER GROUPS

Local sporting and volunteer groups are being urged to apply for funding under the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants program, Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said today.

Mr Hawker said 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; and • 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.

“This is an extension of the Coalition’s Volunteer Small Equipment Grants, which saw hundreds of local community groups in Western Victoria share in more than $700,000 over the past 5 years,” Mr Hawker said.

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

“This year, not-for-profit organisations can also apply for up to $2,500 to help pay for their volunteers' petrol bills.”

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

Applications are now open and close on Friday 17 October.

Successful organisations will receive funding by the end of the year.

More information on the program, including application forms and guidelines, is available at www.fahcsia.gov.au and by calling the toll-free hotline on 1800 183 374, or contact Mr Hawker’s office on local call 1300 131 692.

“Local applicants have been highly successful in previous years, and I urge all local volunteer groups to apply for funding in this latest round,” Mr Hawker said.

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