CFA grants to attract volunteers
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.