NEW FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS

NEW FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS

Posted on 22. Sep, 2010 in Clayton Update

The Victorian Fijian Sports Club has received a $1500 Victorian Government funding boost to support volunteers.

Member for Clayton Hong Lim MP announced today that The Victorian Fijian Sports Club had received $1500 from the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants.

He said the organisation had received the grant for its Fiji Independence Day Rugby Sevens Tournament project to assist with the organisation in arranging the event.

It is one of 21 new projects to benefit from more than $66,000 in small grants announced this month, all aimed at helping organisations recruit and train volunteers.

“From helping local people build their confidence through theatre to supporting young people plan BMX and skate events, these grants will help volunteers, foster their creative ideas and to help bring communities closer,” Mr Lim said.

“These events simply wouldn’t get off the ground without the countless hours of committed volunteers, but the volunteers also get a lot out of the experience, with research demonstrating that volunteers are happier and healthier.

“Many people also volunteer to learn new skills that improve their employment opportunities.”

Minister for Community Development Lily D’Ambrosio said the Brumby Labor Government was pleased to provide this funding to help organisations attract new volunteers from diverse backgrounds, create new volunteering opportunities and strengthen existing volunteering programs.

 “The Victorian Volunteer Small Grants program, providing one off grants of up to $5000, makes a great difference to community organisations which in turn make life better for a huge number of people,” she said.

“I encourage people and organisations interested in volunteering to visit the Victorian Government volunteering website at www.volunteer.vic.gov.au to find a range of information and resources to get them started.”

Since 2004, the Victorian Government has provided more than $5.9 million in Victorian Volunteer Small Grants to more than 1600 community organisations.

The Victorian Volunteer Small Grants are currently open to applications. For more information about these and other grants available from the Department of Planning and Community Development, please visit www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au

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