Volunteer Grants

What is the Volunteer Grants?

Volunteer Grants is a program that supports the efforts of Australia’s volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.



The objectives of Volunteer Grants are to:

  • help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers
  • help community organisations to support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering
  • encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

The intended outcome of the program is to strengthen community functioning by increasing participation in volunteering.



For this grant opportunity up to $10 million (GST exclusive) is available in 2019-20. Funding of up to $66,000 (GST exclusive) is available in each of the 151 Federal electorates.

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations.


Eligible Projects

This funding is to be used to:

  • purchase eligible small equipment items for use by volunteers
  • contribute to volunteers’ fuel costs
  • contribute to transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive in association with their volunteering activity.
  • assist with the costs of training courses for volunteers
  • undertake background screening checks for volunteers.

You must spend the grant funding within the Volunteer Grant activity period, which commences on execution of the agreement and concludes on 30 June 2021.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • be invited to apply by your Federal Member of Parliament
  • use a large proportion of volunteers in your organisation. At least 40 per cent of the organisation’s staff must be volunteers
  • be a not-for-profit organisation
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or be willing to provide a Statement by Supplier Form (reason for not quoting an ABN). Please refer to the Australian Tax Office website for further information.
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution

NOTE: If you are applying as a Trustee on behalf of a Trust, the Trustee must be an eligible entity as listed below.

be one of the following entities:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority
  • Cooperative
  • Incorporated Association
  • Statutory Entity
  • Partnership
  • Person aged 18 or over representing a volunteer based community group as an authorised signatory (eg president, chairperson, secretary, treasurer – see section 4.3 of the guidelines)

You may be required to provide evidence of your entity type.

PLEASE NOTE: Over the course of 10 and 11 March 2020, an invitation to apply for the 2019-20 Volunteer Grants was sent to all nominated organisations.

Nominated organisations that have been invited to apply are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.



Applications close 6 April 2020.

Late applications received after this time will be accepted until 23 April 2020 and will be considered in accordance with the late applications reasons outlined in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines and in light of the impact of coronavirus.


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