What is the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP)?
The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) is an annual grants program funded by the Victorian Government, which provides funding to Victorian emergency services volunteer groups to purchase essential operational equipment, vehicles and appliances and minor facility improvements.
Victorian Volunteer Emergency Service groups can apply for a grant up to a maximum of $150,000 excluding GST. The VESEP will provide $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer group.
Equipment purchased with the grant funding can include but is not limited to: vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and can also include minor facility improvements.
Projects must begin on or after the start of the funding allocation and should be fully expended by the end of the grant’s financial year.
The types of equipment funded under the program include:
1. Operational Equipment such as:
- Quick Fill Pumps
- Inflatable Rescue Boats and engines
- Rescue and Safety Equipment
2. Vehicles and Appliances such as:
- Lighting and Storm Trailers
- Light/Medium Tankers
- Big Fill Trucks
- Rescue Trucks
3. Minor Facility Improvements such as:
- Amenities – such as: kitchens/change rooms
- Temporary and transition facilities
The VESEP is open to the following organisations:
- Country Fire Authority
- Life Saving Victoria
- Victoria State Emergency Service
- Volunteer Marine Search and Rescue units
- Other eligible volunteer emergency services groups as defined in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria.
Applications open on an ongoing basis.
The Victorian Government is providing $14 million for emergency services volunteers to fund new equipment and vehicles and support their tireless efforts keeping the community safe.
Police and Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville today announced applications are open for the latest round of Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) grants.
VESEP provides a platform for the government to partner with local organisations to provide the financial support the state’s volunteers need. Through the program, the government contributes $2 for every $1 raised by volunteer groups, with co-contribution grants of up to $150,000 available.
Grants can be used to help purchase new vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, other operational equipment and facility improvements.
Volunteer groups can also put the money towards minor facility improvements.
Announcing the opening of VESEP funding applications for 2020-21, Ms Neville praised the ongoing hard work of the state’s emergency volunteer groups throughout an incredibly challenging year.
VESEP has provided more than $90 million to volunteer groups around the state over the last six years, with the government committed to boosting support through the program into the future.
Grants available to volunteer organisations across the state include:
- more than $10 million for volunteer CFA brigades
- more than $2.3 million for Victoria State Emergency Service units
- more than $330,000 for Marine Search and Rescue, including the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
- more than $800,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs