Emergency volunteers to share In $13.34m in grants

Volunteer emergency-service groups can apply for Victorian Government grants of up to $150,000 to help buy operational equipment and fund minor facility upgrades.

Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino announced that applications are open for the 2018-19 round of Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program funding.

Under the VESEP, the government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution, with the government in 2018 increasing its maximum contribution from $100,000 to $150,000.

Mr Merlino said more than $13.34 million in government contributions is available to volunteer organisations in 2018-19, including:

  • almost $9.8 million for volunteer CFA brigades
  • more than $2.1 million for Victoria State Emergency Service units
  • more than $320,000 for Marine Search and Rescue, including the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
  • almost $800,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs
  • more than $350,000 for other volunteer agencies

VESEP grants can be used to help fund operational equipment, including the purchase of new vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers.

Volunteer groups can also put the money towards minor facility improvements.

Source: Vic Government