Farrer MP Sussan Ley has announced new small-grant funding for her electorate through a new round of the Australian Government’s Volunteer Grants program.

A total of $10 million is being allocated nationwide with amounts from $1,000 to $5,000 awarded to eligible not-for-profit groups after a local community committee and department assessment process.

Ms Ley said the grants can be used to upgrade or buy new equipment, cover the cost of a training course or screening check, funds for eligible transport needs, and for activities which help increase volunteer numbers and participation with your group.

“Last year 24 organisations in Farrer were successful, using their cash to buy work tools, a defibrillator, sending volunteers off to a first-aid course, purchasing a new mower, laptop and iPads, even to find some new bench seats.

“The idea is to help strengthen and support volunteer organisations, which in turn improves social outcomes and the wellbeing of our local communities.”

Funding is capped at the same amount for each federal electorate, with eligibility and criteria details through this weblink – expressions of interest (EOI) forms are available here.

EOIs close 31 August at [email protected]