Volunteer firefighting brigades in Northern Victoria can now apply for grants of up to $250000 thanks to a new $10 million program funded by the state government.
The program will be administered by the CFA to support vital volunteer 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 and;
●Reflecting the evolving needs and demographics of the communities that volunteer brigades serve.
State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said she encouraged brigades in the region to take advantage of this important program and to apply right away.
‘‘We are supporting volunteers by providing them with more funding than ever before because that is exactly what they deserve,’’ Ms Symes said.
The grants program has been funded through the additional $60 million that the state government announced for Victoria’s fire services in October.
Brigades in Northern Victoria have until the end of February to apply.
●For more information, visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au