CFA grants to at­tract vol­un­teers

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Coun­try Fire Au­thor­ity brigades have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for fund­ing to help at­tract and re­tain vol­un­teers.

An En­hanc­ing Volunteeri­sm Grants Pro­gram is of­fer­ing grants to brigades with no min­i­mum or max­i­mum amount, as well as grants up to $250,000 to groups of at least 10 brigades.

Mem­ber for Lowan Emma Kealy said ap­pli­ca­tions had to demon­strate how what was funded would strengthen op­er­a­tional ca­pac­ity, pro­mote health, safety and well­be­ing, and build part­ner­ships and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

She said fund­ing could help cover items such as mar­quees, ta­bles, chairs and fridges, medium rigid li­cense train­ing for mem­bers, or events to thank vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity mem­bers for sup­port.

She en­cour­aged 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 in the toxic en­vi­ron­ment cre­ated by the An­drews gov­ern­ment,” Ms Kealy said.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for brigades to use the pro­gram to give some­thing back to loyal vol­un­teers.”

Ms Kealy said ap­pli­ca­tions closed on Feb­ru­ary 28 and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was avail­able on­line at www.vic.gov.au/news/en­hanc­ing-volunteeri­sm-grants-pro­gram.

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