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New Grants Program For Volunteer Firefighters

15 December 2017

Volunteer firefighting brigades can now apply for grants of up to $250,000, thanks to a new $10 million program funded by the Andrews Labor Government.

The program will be administered by the CFA to support vital v171olunteer brigade equipment and facility upgrades, as well as local initiatives that strengthen volunteerism and brigade culture.

Grants will be provided to projects that address a range of key criteria, including:

  • Addressing immediate needs and enhancing operational capability
  • Improving culture, diversity and fairness
  • Strengthening volunteer leadership skills
  • Encouraging recruitment, retention and recognition of volunteers
  • Reflecting the evolving needs and demographics of the communities that volunteer brigades serve.

The grants program has been funded through the additional $60 million that the Labor Government announced for Victoria’s fire services in October.

Brigades can work together and submit joint applications, and have until the end of February to apply.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino

“This $10 million grants program recognises the vital role that volunteer firefighters play in protecting lives and properties.”

“Our volunteers are often the first line of defence against fires, floods and other emergencies, and we want to support them in every way we can.”

“Our reforms provide more support, more independence and more funding to volunteers – and that’s exactly what they deserve.”

Quotes attributable to CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington

“These grants will help our volunteer brigades build on the outstanding service they provide to the community.”

“We have consulted widely with our volunteers to identify the best ways we can enhance volunteerism, and this program is one of the key measures we have adopted as a result of that process.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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