Grants program celebrates volunteers

Applications for the Liberal National Government’s Thank a Volunteer Celebration Grants program have begun.
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Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said funding of up to $1000 was available to local governments and community organisations for events recognising the contributions of Western Australian volunteers.

“West Australians have a great tradition of volunteering and its value to our State is enormous, estimated at about $39 billion per year in economic, social and cultural value,” he said.

“The many hours volunteers dedicate to supporting organisations across WA have an immeasurable positive impact for volunteers, their communities and the organisations they help.

“The Thank a Volunteer Day Celebration Grants program will enable local communities to acknowledge and celebrate the role of volunteers in their communities.”

Mr Simpson said the State Government would $1.3 million in recurring funding to support volunteering.

“This includes more than $650,000 to promote the value of volunteering and $640,000 to Volunteering WA as the peak body to support the sustainability and effectiveness of volunteering,” he said.

International Volunteer Day takes place on December 5, 2016.

VolunteeringWA research last year found that volunteering is WA’s largest industry by employment.

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