2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grant recipients announced

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1 December 2020

144 Queensland volunteer involving organisations have been selected to receive a 2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grant. The small grants will assist these organisations to better support the valuable work of their volunteers, help re-engage their volunteers as the economy re-opens, and encourage participation in their volunteer programs.

Volunteering Queensland was pleased to announce the grant recipients today. The 144 grant recipients will share a total pool of $497,250. The 2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants were funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and managed by Volunteering Queensland.

The $1,000 to $5,000 grants will help organisations re-engage volunteers through a variety of approaches, including purchasing equipment items, reimbursing transport costs of volunteers with disability, training, and background screening checks.

Volunteer involving organisations that applied for the grants were required to demonstrate how their proposal would support and benefit the organisation’s volunteers and the work they do both for the organisation and broader community.

“We were overwhelmed with the number of applications received, with 1,086 applications requesting well over $4 million in funding in Queensland alone. On average 94% of the workforce of organisations that applied for funding are powered by volunteers and this increased to 99.5% in the organisations that were awarded funding.

“Organisations are in dire need of funding to support and enable their volunteering programs to continue to deliver the important work they do. The top three requested categories for funding were small equipment items, training, and adapting practices to safely welcome back volunteers with COVID-19 requirements.”

“We unfortunately continue to see a decline in the rates of volunteering across the State and country. These grants are modest but critical to maintaining and over time improving volunteering rates to help build strong, resilient, connected Queensland communities.”

“Volunteering Queensland is currently undertaking a State of Volunteering in Queensland Report to further investigate the economic and social value of volunteering to the State.”

“Volunteering Queensland welcomed these vital grants to support the sector and we look forward to seeing how they will directly benefit over 8,500 Queensland volunteers,” says Mara Basanovic, CEO, Volunteering Queensland.

Visit the Volunteering Queensland website to see the full list of grant recipients, and if you are a volunteer involving organisation, we invite you to complete the 2020 State of Volunteering in Queensland survey.

MEDIA INQUIRIES:  

Rikki Anderson
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Insights into the 2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants in Queensland

All applications:

  • 1,086 applications were received
  • $4,172,308 in funding applied for with a total budget of $497,250 available
  • 94% of the workforce of organisations who applied are volunteers
  • The majority of organisations who applied are from regional and rural areas
  • Community services, sport, recreation, education, youth and Indigenous services (respectively) were the primary organisations who applied
  • The most popular items to apply for were small equipment, training, adapting practices (as a result of COVID-19) and re-engagement activities (as a result of COVID-19).

Funded applications:

  • 144 applications by 144 individual organisations were awarded funding
  • 5% of the workforce of funded organisations are volunteers
  • The majority of organisations who were funded are from regional and remote areas
  • Youth, community services, sport, recreation, education and Indigenous services (respectively) were the primary organisations funded
  • The most popular items to apply for were small equipment, training, adapting practices (as a result of COVID-19) and re-engagement activities (as a result of COVID-19)
  • Over 8,500 volunteers will directly benefit from the grants.