Grants avail­able for emer­gency vol­un­teers

Myrtleford Times - - News -

EMER­GENCY ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions and their vol­un­teers are el­i­gi­ble for a share in $10 mil­lion worth of grants from the State Govern­ment this year.

The SES and its mem­bers are el­i­gi­ble for the 201819 Emer­gency Ser­vices Sus­tain­abil­ity grants pro­gram Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) re­cently an­nounced.

Other groups who can ap­ply in­clude Life Sav­ing Vic­to­ria, vol­un­teer Ma­rine Search and Res­cue units and other emer­gency man­age­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions iden­ti­fied in the Emer­gency Man­age­ment Man­ual Vic­to­ria.

The CFA has its own govern­ment-funded grants pro­gram for vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers, with more than half of the $10 mil­lion En­hanc­ing Vol­un­teerism Grants Pro­gram al­ready al­lo­cated to brigades.

“I en­cour­age emer­gency ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions in North­ern Vic­to­ria to ap­ply for these grants that help vol­un­teers keep our coun­try com­mu­ni­ties safe,” Ms Symes said.

“La­bor is pro­vid­ing vol­un­teers with the train­ing, equip­ment and fa­cil­i­ties they need, which is why we’ve funded the $10 mil­lion Emer­gency Ser­vices Vol­un­teer Sus­tain­abil­ity grants pro­gram.”

Ms Symes said ESVS grants were avail­able across a range of cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing train­ing and de­vel­op­ment, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, op­er­a­tional equip­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and mi­nor fa­cil­i­ties up­grades.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be made by an in­di­vid­ual vol­un­teer, unit or club, or an agency/ or­gan­i­sa­tion with grants up to $50,000 avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to ap­ply for an ESVS grant, visit es­vs­grants.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 22.

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