Forty-two volunteer organisations in Nicholls will share in $120,000 as part of the Federal Government’s 2021 Volunteer Grants round.

Ahead of International Volunteer Day on Sunday December 5, Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, thanked the region’s volunteers for the vital and tireless work they do.

Among the groups in Nicholls to receive funding are the Echuca Moama Search and Rescue Squad, Shepparton Foodshare, Murchison CFA, Avenel Active, Rotary Club of Nathalia, and Tongala Community Charity Op Shop. (Please see below for a full list of recipients.)

“As the local member, I see first-hand the impact of volunteering here in the Goulburn Valley and how the hard work of local volunteers continues to strengthen our communities,” Mr Drum said.

“I’m proud of the work undertaken by these organisations in Nicholls, many of which supported businesses and families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You only have to look at how the community and volunteer groups rallied when Greater Shepparton faced a significant COVID cluster earlier this year to get a gauge on how important the work of these volunteers is.”

The $18 million Volunteer Grants round provided organisations with grants of between $1000 and $5000 to assist with their operations, including the purchase of equipment, training, and background screening checks for volunteers.

“Grants can also be used to reimburse volunteer fuel costs, the transport of volunteers with a disability, or support promotional activities on volunteering opportunities within their organisation,” Mr Drum said.

Mr Drum said almost 9 million volunteers across Australia give their time to support their communities, while more than 5000 organisations were successful this Volunteer Grants round.

“Volunteering plays an important role in Australia’s social landscape, as a proven pathway to get people into jobs, reduce marginalisation and increase community participation, further supporting Australia’s COVID-19 recovery,” Mr Drum said.

Volunteer group Funding
1st Broadford Scout Group  $3,610
1st Kialla Scout Group  $1,500
Athletics Victoria  $2,000
Avenel Active  $1,560
Bamawm Lockington United Cricket Club  $1,500
Cobram Bowling Club  $1,399
Cobram Football Netball Club  $4,000
Cobram/Barooga RSL Sub-Branch  $1,594
Cobram-Barooga Business and Tourism  $1,000
Colbinabbin Cemetery Trust  $4,815
Echuca Moama Search and Rescue Squad  $5,000
Girgarre Community Group  $1,319
Heart to Heart Respite House  $2,500
International Association for Psychiatric Nurses  $5,000
Katandra West CFA  $1,345
Kiwanis Club of Shepparton Sunrisers  $1,000
Kiwanis Club of Mooroopna  $1,000
Koyuga Inc  $5,000
Kyabram Blue Light  $2,000
Kyabram Community and Learning Centre  $3,500
Kyabram Valley View Golf and Bowls Club  $5,000
Lions Club of Tatura  $2,991
Love in Action Broadford  $3,469
Mitchell Baseball Association  $4,838
Murchison CFA  $4,000
Nathalia Bowling Club  $1,845
Nathalia Golf Club  $4,750
Nathalia Lawn Tennis Association  $4,000
Probus Club of Shepparton  $2,500
Riding for Disabled – Echuca Branch  $1,000
Rochester Lions Club  $3,000
Rotary Club of Nathalia  $1,735
Sheep Pen Creek Land Management Group  $1,000
Shepparton Athletics Club  $2,000
Shepparton Family and Financial Services  $4,988
Shepparton Foodshare  $2,560
Shepparton Rowing Club  $3,000
South Shepparton Community Centre  $1,700
St John Ambulance (Victoria)  $4,700
Tatura and District Historical Society  $4,823
Tongala Community Charity Op Shop  $3,000
Yarrawonga Mulwala Basketball Association  $2,500
Total funding $120,041



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