SUPPORTING NSW VOLUNTEERS WITH NEW GRANTS

Communities across NSW are now able to apply for a new grant to help them prepare for natural disasters, with applications open to mark National Volunteers Week.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said $750,000 is available for volunteer groups and organisations as part of the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme.

Applications are now open for these funds to support projects that enhance the capability of volunteer organisations to prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters.

Mr Elliott thanked all volunteers for their dedication, knowledge and skill while encouraging the community to rally behind the tens of thousands of volunteers in NSW who donate their time.

“When disasters strike, our volunteer groups support communities in need, whether it be firefighting, feeding the hungry, fixing fences and so much more,” Mr Elliott said.

“Now is the time to thank our volunteers, show them our support and give back to those who give so much. Being a part of a volunteer group can bring communities together in times of need and help build resilience to natural disasters.

“These men and women do crucial work that deserves recognition and praise”.

Previous grant recipients include:

· Fire and Rescue NSW for their ‘Protect Your Home from Bush Fires’ campaign, purchasing suitable training dummies for Nambucca District Rescue Association;
· St John Ambulance NSW for training to prevent violent situations escalating and improve capacity to deal with community members in a mental health crisis; and
· Australian Red Cross for training of volunteers to operate the ‘Register Find Reunite’ service, helping to unite family and friends after an emergency.

Applications can be made through the online portal at the NSW Office of Emergency Management before 16 July 2019.