Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program (EVGP)

Up to $250,000 is available from EVGP to support equipment and facility upgrades and strengthen volunteerism and brigade culture.

Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program (EVGP)

Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program (EVGP)

The Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program (EVGP), which consists of $10 million over two years, will fund locally-driven initiatives that strengthen volunteerism and build brigade sustainability.

The grants are part of an extra investment of $60 million in the Victorian fire services, which was recently announced by the Minister for Emergency Services.



Grant allocations will range from a minimum of $10,000 for an individual brigade, up to a maximum of $250,000 for collective applications from groups of at least 10 brigades.


Eligible Projects

Applicants should seek funding to undertake local programs, projects and/or initiatives to:

  • strengthen operational capability (including equipment & infrastructure)
  • respond to community need
  • promote health, safety and wellbeing
  • build partnerships and collaboration (including with the community)
  • undertake transformational change

Priority will be given to applications that seek to:

  • improve culture, diversity, inclusion and fairness in CFA
  • strengthen volunteer leadership skills
  • address local risks, such as rural decline, ageing or community growth
  • enhance volunteerism, including recruitment, retention and recognition of volunteers, and making volunteering with CFA a more contemporary experience


Eligible Applicants

Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program (EVGP) is inviting applications from individual brigades as well as joint applications across brigade catchments.



Applications close 28 February 2018.


More Information


Media Release

Volunteer firefighting brigades can now apply for grants of up to $250,000, thanks to a new $10 million program funded by the Andrews Labor Government.

The program will be administered by the CFA to support vital v171olunteer brigade equipment and facility upgrades, as well as local initiatives that strengthen volunteerism and brigade culture.

Grants will be provided to projects that address a range of key criteria, including:

  • Addressing immediate needs and enhancing operational capability
  • Improving culture, diversity and fairness
  • Strengthening volunteer leadership skills
  • Encouraging recruitment, retention and recognition of volunteers
  • Reflecting the evolving needs and demographics of the communities that volunteer brigades serve.

The grants program has been funded through the additional $60 million that the Labor Government announced for Victoria’s fire services in October.

Brigades can work together and submit joint applications, and have until the end of February to apply.

For more information, visit cfa.vic.gov.au

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