Symes urges vol­un­teer groups to ap­ply for $150,000 grants

McIvor Times - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By LACH­LAN DURL­ING

VOL­UN­TEER emer­gency ser­vice groups can ap­ply for state gov­ern­ment grants of up to $150,000 to help buy op­er­a­tional equip­ment and fund mi­nor fa­cil­ity up­grades.

Mem­ber for north­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes urged lo­cal groups to ap­ply for the grants, with ap­pli­ca­tions now open for the 2018-19 round of Vol­un­teer Emer­gency Ser­vices Equip­ment Pro­gram fund­ing.

Un­der the VESEP, the gov­ern­ment matches ev­ery $1 paid by vol­un­teer groups with a $2 co-con­tri­bu­tion, with the gov­ern­ment this year in­creas­ing its max­i­mum con­tri­bu­tion from $100,000 to $150,000.

Ms Symes said more than $13.34 mil­lion in gov­ern­ment con­tri­bu­tions is avail­able to vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions in 2018-19, in­clud­ing:

Al­most $9.8 mil­lion for vol­un­teer CFA brigades.

More than $2.1 mil­lion for Vic­to­ria State Emer­gency Ser­vice units.

More than $350,000 for other vol­un­teer agen­cies.

“This pro­gram helps pro­vide our hard-work­ing vol­un­teers with the equip­ment they need to re­spond to emer­gen­cies and keep Vic­to­ri­ans safe,” Ms Symes said.

“We have a num­ber of great vol­un­teer groups in our re­gion and it’s im­por­tant they ap­ply for th­ese grants so we can give them the equip­ment they de­serve.”

VESEP grants can be used to help fund op­er­a­tional equip­ment, in­clud­ing the pur­chase of new ve­hi­cles, trucks, tankers, wa­ter­craft and trail­ers.

Vol­un­teer groups can also put the money to­wards mi­nor fa­cil­ity im­prove­ments.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit emv.vic.gov.au/vesep

Mem­ber for north­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes.

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