Eighteen local community groups across the electorates of Ballarat, Bendigo, Corangamite, Corio and Gorton will benefit from a share of $2.7 million from the Morrison Government to support the work of local volunteers.

The grants awarded are between $1,000 and $5,000, and will enable local organisations to better support their volunteers to purchase small equipment, pay fuel, transport and training costs.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said volunteers are an integral part of our society, especially during difficult times.

“On December 5 we mark International Volunteer Day and celebrate the contribution of charity and community groups across regional Victoria as they continue to support the vulnerable and strengthen our community,” Senator Henderson.

“Victoria has been significantly impacted by both the bushfires and COVID this year and help is still needed by many.

“This additional funding will go a long way in helping even more local organisations and their volunteers to continue their important work, through what has been a very tough year,” Senator Henderson said.

The following organisations have received funding in electorates of Ballarat, Bendigo, Corangamite, Corio and Gorton;

Ballarat:
– $1,805 for the Australian Breastfeeding Association Ballarat Group

Bendigo:
– $2,780 for Bendigo East Baseball Club
– $1,000 for Bush Dance & Music Club Of Bendigo
– $1,100 for Harcourt Bowling Club
– $1,789 for Harcourt Tennis Club
– $2,200 for Kyneton District Soccer Club
– $1,037 for North Harcourt Sedgwick Landcare
– $5,000 for Raywood Golf Club
– $1,099 for Steampacket & Steamroller Maldon Incorporated
– $1,945 for The Woodvale Tennis Club

Corangamite and Corio:
– $2,100 for Apollo Bay Cricket Club
– $3,340 for Bellarine Community Support Register
– $1,560 for Leopold Soccer Club
– $5,000 for Greek Elderly Club Of Geelong
– $4,000 for Leopold Cricket Club
– $3,500 for Southern Otway Landcare Network
– $1,300 for Platypus Toy Library
– $2,480 for Kawarren Recreation Reserve Committee

Gorton:
– $2,300 for Melton Broncos Rugby League Club
– $4,000 for Melton South Little Athletic Centre
– $3,762 for Western Regional Media Aboriginal Corporation

Volunteer peak bodies across all states and territories are distributing the funding based on the needs of the sector in each state or territory.

The 2020-21 Volunteer Grants round is expected to open mid-2021. Subscribe on the Community Grants Hub to be alerted to this and other grant listings.

For more information on volunteering, visit the Volunteering Australia website.

2 December 2020