Community groups encouraged to apply for volunteer grants

Sunshine Coast Federal MP Andrew Wallace is backing local community groups with grants of up to $5000 to support them in their efforts to protect and promote the character of our community.

Mr Wallace said that up to $66,225 is on offer in the Fisher electorate as part of the 2022-23 Volunteer Grants round.

“Eligible not-for-profit community organisations in Fisher should submit their expression of interest before Sunday, 18 September,” Mr Wallace said.

“Our volunteers, be it in sporting clubs or aged care homes, schools or churches, make the Sunshine Coast the place of choice to learn, earn, and retire.”

“They show the best of our citizenship and compassion, sometimes in challenging circumstances.”

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to help community organisations to:

  • Purchase eligible small equipment items for use by volunteers
  • Contribute to volunteers’ fuel costs, during the course of their volunteer work
  • Contribute to transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive
  • Assist with the cost of training courses for volunteers

The program is a two-step process, with an expression of interest stage and, for shortlisted nominees, a formal application stage.

Expressions of interest will be assessed by a committee of community members, who will nominate a shortlist to the Department for a formal application.

The Department of Social Services will provide an application form to eligible nominees in November 2022. Successful applicants will be announced in June 2023.

To lodge an expression of interest, click here. EOIs should be emailed to by 11.59pm, Sunday September 18.