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COM­MU­NITY groups can ap­ply for fed­eral fund­ing through the Vol­un­teer Grants pro­gram, set to open next month, Mem­ber for Mara­noa David Lit­tleproud has revealed.

Mr Lit­tleproud said the gov­ern­ment was pro­vid­ing $20 mil­lion worth of grants val­ued be­tween $1000 and $5000 to not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Vol­un­teers are the fab­ric of our bush com­mu­nity,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“Any­one who has popped into their lo­cal li­brary or char­ity store will recog­nise the face of their lo­cal vol­un­teer worker.

“Vol­un­teers are the lifeblood of our com­mu­nity.

“These grants can be put to­wards es­sen­tial items to make the work of our vol­un­teers eas­ier and more en­joy­able, such as equip­ment and back­ground screen­ing.

“Vol­un­teers tire­lessly work long hours. We need to make sure not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions have some fi­nan­cial back­ing so they can keep giv­ing back to our com­mu­ni­ties.

“I en­cour­age all not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions in the Mara­noa to ap­ply for the Vol­un­teer Grants round to as­sist our vol­un­teers and en­cour­age vol­un­teer­ing.”

COM­MU­NITY HELP: MP David Lit­tleproud wants non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions to ap­ply for Vol­un­teer Grants.

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