Isaacs community groups encouraged to submit an application under the 2013 Volunteer Grants

Community organisations in Isaacs can now apply for Australian Government grants worth up to $5,000 to support their volunteers.

Community organisations in Isaacs can now apply for Australian Government grants worth up to $5,000 to support their volunteers.

Mark Dreyfus QC MP today encouraged local not-for-profit organisations to apply for the grants worth between $1,000 and $5,000.

"This Federal Labor Government is providing $16 million this year for volunteer grants around the country. The volunteer grants program has been very successful in supporting the work of our dedicated volunteers," said Mr Dreyfus.

"Organisations in Isaacs can use the funding to buy much-needed small equipment items, such as computers or first-aid kits."

"The grants can also be used to contribute to volunteers' fuel costs, including transport costs for people with disability who are unable to drive, and help fund volunteers' training courses and background checks."

"Last year, over $50,000 was provided under the volunteer grants program to 18 community organisations in Isaacs."

"For example, community support group Chelsea CareWorks, used its 2012 volunteer grant to purchase first-aid kits, cordless drills and a bain-marie."

The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, said last year's grants assisted 4,800 community organisations, which helped more than 166,000 of their volunteers.

"With this new $16 million investment, the Australian Government is continuing its commitment to support the valuable work of community organisations and their volunteers," Ms Collins said.

"Volunteers are an integral part of our culture, heritage and daily life - more than six million Australians volunteer each year."

"This is just one way the Australian Government can thank our selfless volunteers and organisations for their enormous contribution to our community," Ms Collins said.

Applications for Volunteer Grants 2013 close at 5pm AEST 24 April 2013. To apply, go to: www.fahcsia.gov.au