2021 Volunteer Grants

Expressions of interest (EoI) for the 2021 Volunteer Grants HAVE NOW CLOSED. See below for information about the next steps in the application process.

If you have any questions please contact my office on 02 6293 1344 or at [email protected]

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to help community organisations to support the efforts of their volunteers. The grants can be used to buy small equipment for volunteers or for the reimbursement of volunteer fuel, transport or training costs. Funding is also available for promoting awareness and increasing participation in volunteering opportunities.

The programme has a two stage process. Firstly, a completed EoI form from the organisation to its relevant Federal Member (as the Federal Member for Bean, this includes organisations within the Woden, Weston Creek & Molonglo, and Tuggeranong area, and Norfolk Island). Following a nomination panel process, a number of organisations will then be invited to make a full application to the Department of Social Services (Department) for the funding round.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to apply for funding you will need to:

  • be a legal entity or be auspiced by an eligible organisation that is a legal entity
  • have a minimum of 40 per cent of volunteers working for your organisation
  • be a Not-For-Profit organisation
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or be willing to provide a
    Statement by Supplier Form
    (reason for not quoting an ABN) to the Department.
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution in the name of the organisation applying
  • complete and submit an EOI form available for download below.

Who is not eligible?

  • an individual
  • an unincorporated association
  • a Sole Trader
  • a for-profit organisation
  • a Commonwealth Company
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth Statutory Authority
  • a Local Government Entity
  • an International Entity.

Examples of eligible grant activities:

  • small equipment for the benefit of volunteers
  • fuel costs incurred by volunteers
  • transport costs of volunteers with a disability
  • training for volunteers
  • background screening checks for volunteers
  • promoting awareness of and increasing participation in volunteering opportunities
  • adapting practices to support volunteers’ safety in the COVID-19 pandemic environment.



Timeframe (cumulative)

Expression of interest (EOI)

Open now and will close Sunday 18 April 2021

Successful EOI nominations notified and application process begins

Thursday 20 May 2021

Closing date of applications to Department

9 pm Wednesday 9 June 2021

Assessment of applications

Mid-June to early September 2021

Approval of outcomes of selection process

September to October 2021

Notification of successful applicants and grant agreements issued

November 2021

Earliest start date of project

December 2021

End date of grant

31 December 2022



  1. Download Bean Community Grant EOI form
  2. Submit form to [email protected] by 11.59pm Sunday 18 April 2021
  3. Ensure you have received confirmation of your EOI
  4. Selected organisations will be invited to apply.

This grant program is administered by the Department of Social Services. More information and guidelines can be found on the Australian Government Community Grants Hub.

Please get in touch with my office if you want to discuss the program in more detail on 02 6293 1344 or at [email protected]