CFA brigades from Benalla and across the Euroa electorate have the opportunity to apply for funding to attract and retain volunteers.
The recently announced Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program is offering grants to individual brigades with no minimum or maximum amount, and grants to groups of at least 10 brigades of up to $250000.
State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan is encouraging all local brigades to consider making an application.
‘‘This grants stream is obviously an effort to boost membership numbers, with many brigades telling me recruiting volunteers has become more difficult,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘This is an opportunity for local brigades to use the program as a chance to give something back to loyal volunteers.’’
Applications must demonstrate that what is funded will strengthen operational capacity, promote health, safety and wellbeing, and build partnerships and collaboration.
Funding can help cover items, such as marquees, tables, chairs and fridges, medium-rigid licence training for members or events to thank volunteers and local community members for support.
Applications close Wednesday, February 28.
●For more information, phone Steph Ryan’s office on (03)57621600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org