Investing In Victoria’s Volunteers

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in new programs and approaches to build up Victoria’s $23 billion volunteer sector even further.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today opened applications for two new funding programs as part of a $270,000 funding round which provides both training and mentoring opportunities, as well as specific skills development in new technologies.

A total of $120,000 is available for non-recurrent grants of between $15,000 and $90,000 for projects to enhance the digital literacy, and readiness to use new technologies, of small and medium sized volunteer organisations, that:

  • Improve awareness and understanding of new and emerging technology platforms
  • Increase the capacity of volunteer organisations to select and implement these technologies
  • Champion the use of technology to better reach and engage diverse communities in Victoria.

This non-recurrent funding is delivered through Volunteering Digital Literacy and Technology Readiness program.

A total of $150,000 is also available through the Training and Mentoring Program for Managers and Volunteers 2018-19 funding round, which aims to fund projects to improve access to professional development opportunities for managers of volunteers.

Volunteer support organisations have been invited to submit proposals for locally-based training and mentoring programs to increase awareness and capability in best-practice management approaches.

Submissions for both funding streams close at 2pm on Thursday, 11 October, 2018.

It’s all part of the Labor Government’s $500,000 investment over two years in the 2018-19 Victorian Budget to enhance the capacity of Victoria’s volunteering sector.

Investing in the ongoing development of a skilled volunteer workforce is a key priority of the Ministerial Council for Volunteers, a strategic body focused on building a resilient and sustainable volunteer sector in Victoria.

There are more than 1.5 million volunteers across Victoria, with the state’s volunteer sector estimated to be worth up to $42 billion by 2021. For more information, visit volunteer.vic.gov.au/projects-events.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“For small and medium-size volunteer organisations – this is your chance to learn and grow.”

“It’s about backing Victoria’s volunteer sector – a $23 billion sector run by dedicated Victorians committed to making the communities around them better.” 

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams

 “We know that volunteer organisations, particularly those that are smaller, will significantly benefit from adopting new approaches to their existing operating models.”

“Programs like these will do just that, and in doing so, build a more sustainable volunteer sector for Victoria.”