Brigades urged to ap­ply

Benalla Ensign - - News -

CFA brigades from Be­nalla and across the Euroa elec­torate have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for fund­ing to at­tract and retain vol­un­teers.

The re­cently an­nounced En­hanc­ing Vol­un­teerism Grants Pro­gram is of­fer­ing grants to in­di­vid­ual brigades with no min­i­mum or max­i­mum amount, and grants to groups of at least 10 brigades of up to $250 000.

State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan is en­cour­ag­ing all lo­cal brigades to con­sider mak­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion.

‘‘This grants stream is ob­vi­ously an ef­fort to boost mem­ber­ship num­bers, with many brigades telling me re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers has be­come more dif­fi­cult,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘This is an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal brigades to use the pro­gram as a chance to give some­thing back to loyal vol­un­teers.’’

Ap­pli­ca­tions must demon­strate that what is funded will strengthen op­er­a­tional ca­pac­ity, pro­mote health, safety and well­be­ing, and build part­ner­ships and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Fund­ing can help cover items, such as mar­quees, ta­bles, chairs and fridges, medium-rigid li­cence train­ing for mem­bers or events to thank vol­un­teers and lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers for sup­port.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 28.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Steph Ryan’s of­fice on (03) 5762 1600 or email steph.ryan@par­lia­ment. vic.gov.au

Op­por­tu­nity: The Lima South CFA is just one of sev­eral lo­cal units that are be­ing en­cour­aged to ap­ply for a grant.

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