Posted on 12. May, 2010 in News

More than 70 volunteer groups will share in $256,000 to help continue the great work they do in their communities, announced today as part of National Volunteer Week. 

Announcing the grants at the Volunteering Victoria launch of National Volunteer Week today, Minister for Community Development Lily D’Ambrosio said 72 community-based programs would receive grants to help support existing volunteers, or attract new volunteers.

“The Victorian Volunteer Small Grants are going to support a huge range of creative ideas to help bring communities closer,” Ms D’Ambrosio said. 

“These grants might be for relatively small amounts – up to $5,000 – but they can make a big difference to community organisations that in turn make life better for a huge number of people.

“From supporting a group developing a program for first aid volunteers at kids’ footy matches to helping injured wildlife on the outskirts of the city or helping people with acquired brain injury, these grants will assist a wide range of groups both in metropolitan and regional Victoria.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said the Brumby Labor Government was committed to supporting volunteer organisations and National Volunteering Week provided a great opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the enormous contribution volunteers make to Victorian communities.

“Volunteering is a vital part of strong communities and it not only improves the lives of others but also provides volunteers themselves with benefits, providing opportunities to learn new skills, meet new people and also gives that terrific feeling of having helped someone else,” she said.

“Research also shows that people who volunteer enjoy improved health and wellbeing.”

As part of National Volunteer Week celebrations Ms D’Ambrosio this week also launched a new $2.6 million Volunteer Recruitment and Awareness campaign – I Can Do That.

“The campaign focuses on showing that everyone has something that can help others in their community from more traditional volunteering activities like fighting fires and keeping beaches safe to passing on your business knowledge or teaching disadvantaged young people to surf,” she said. 

“The ads will start rolling out this week across metro and regional newspapers, TV and in bus and train stations.

“There are so many different ways to volunteer and during National Volunteering Week I urge anyone who has considered volunteering to check what opportunities are available locally.” 

Since 2004, the Brumby Labor Government has provided more than $5.7 million in Victorian Volunteer Small Grants to almost 1600 community organisations.

Another round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants are currently open to applications. For more information about these grants, please visit

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