Emergency Volunteers To Share In $13.34m In Grants

27 April 2018

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

Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino announced today 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 this year 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.

For more information about the VESEP and to find out how to apply for a grant, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino

“The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program helps provide our hard-working volunteers with the equipment they need to respond to emergencies and keep Victorians safe.”

“Our volunteers deserve to be well supported and that is why we are increasing the maximum grant available to them this year.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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