The 2019-20 McMahon Volunteer Grants are now open!

Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers. 

EOIs close COB Friday 14 February 2020.

The objectives of Volunteer Grants are to: 

1.  help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers
2.  help community organisations to support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering
3.  encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

The intended outcome of the program is to strengthen community functioning by increasing participation in volunteering.

Grants Available:

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations. A total of up to $66,000 (GST exclusive) is available across the McMahon electorate.

This funding is to be used to:

  • purchase eligible small equipment items for use by volunteers
  • contribute to volunteers’ fuel costs
  • contribute to transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive in association with their volunteering activity.
  • assist with the costs of training courses for volunteers
  • undertake background screening checks for volunteers.

The activity will be undertaken in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant.

Process of selection:

  • All applicants must complete an expression of interest form (download link below) in order to be considered.  
  • Please email completed EOI form to [email protected]
  • Applications must be submitted via email by 5pm Friday 14 February 2020.
  • Successful applications will be invited by Chris Bowen to apply directly to the department. 

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • be invited to apply by your Federal Member of Parliament
  • use a large proportion of volunteers in your organisation. At least 40 per cent of the organisation’s staff must be volunteers
  • be a not-for-profit organisation
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or be willing to provide a Statement by Supplier Form (the reason for not quoting an ABN). Please refer to the Australian Tax Office website for further information.
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
    NOTE: If you are applying as a Trustee on behalf of a Trust, the Trustee must be an eligible entity as listed below.
  • be one of the following entities:
    • Indigenous Corporation
    • Company (incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001)
    • Corporate Commonwealth Entity
    • Corporate State or Territory Entity
    • Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority
    •  Cooperative
    • Incorporated Association
    • Statutory Entity
    • Partnership (the individual partners will enter into the agreement with the agency. A Partnership Agreement or a list of all individual partners of the Partnership may be requested. All members of the Partnership must have an eligible entity type)

Who is not eligible to apply for a grant?

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • not invited to formally apply by your Member of Parliament
  • a Sole Trader
  • a for-profit organisation
  • a Non-corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • a Non-corporate State or Territory Entity
  • a Commonwealth Company
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth Statutory Authority
  • a Local Government Entity
  • an International Entity

Eligible expenditure:

  • Small equipment items that can make a volunteer’s work easier, safer and more enjoyable. These can also help volunteers keep up with changing technology by supporting volunteers to access digital and electronic equipment.
  • Grant recipients are required to be accountable for the expenditure of a grant for the approved purpose.
  • Grant money can only be used for eligible items. Grant applicants should ensure that the grant is used to pay for items that are cost-effective and reasonably priced.
  • The grant money can be used as a contribution towards buying eligible small equipment used by volunteers. It can be used for transport for volunteers with disability who cannot drive, or for fuel costs incurred by volunteers. It can also be used to pay for training courses or background screening checks for volunteers.

Additional information:

Eligible small equipment: To be an eligible item, small equipment items must be portable, tangible and bought for the benefit of volunteers. They may be low-cost and include delivery/freight and set‑up costs.

Transport costs of volunteers with disability: Volunteers with a disability who cannot drive can be reimbursed for the cost of transport or provided with pre-paid travel cards for use while undertaking their volunteering work. This transport includes taxis and public transport (pre-paid travel cards are acceptable).

Fuel costs incurred by volunteers: Eligible fuel costs are costs associated with volunteers using their own cars for volunteering work. Volunteers can be reimbursed for the cost of petrol or provided with pre-paid petrol cards. This includes delivering food and helping people in need. Fuel costs that are eligible include all motor vehicle fuels including petrol, diesel and gas.

Training for volunteers: Grants can be used to support the costs of training to help volunteers learn new skills, or gain qualifications for their volunteering work. Training courses may include mental health, first aid, leadership, communication, governance and/or working with vulnerable people. Courses which are recognised and lead to a Statement of Attainment, Certificate or Diploma are preferred.

Background screening checks of volunteers: Grants are available to help with the cost of background screening checks of volunteers. These include criminal record checks, police checks and police certificates, working with children checks and working with vulnerable people checks. These checks are often mandatory when engaging volunteers, particularly when they are working with children and/or other vulnerable people.

Documentation requirements: If your application is successful, you must keep the receipts for items that you have purchased for five years. This will be proof of purchase if required by DSS. If organisations do not comply with this requirement, DSS may recover the grant funding.