New England MP Barnaby Joyce urging Upper Hunter organisations to apply for 2019-20 Volunteer Grants funding

Local volunteer groups offered support

SCONE'S Strathearn Village, Ellerston Public School P&C and the Murrurundi Rescue Squad have been among the beneficiaries over the years.

Now, New England MP Barnaby Joyce is urging eligible community groups in the Upper Hunter to apply for a share in more than $60,000 in funding to support volunteer organisations across the electorate.

The 2019-20 Volunteer Grants program forms part of the government's commitment to supporting bodies whose helpers assist communities and encourage the inclusion of vulnerable people in our society.

"The money can be used to buy small equipment for volunteers, for the reimbursement of fuel costs as well as transport and training expenses for volunteers," Mr Joyce said.

"Previous grants in the electorate have included kitchen equipment for fundraising activities by Ellerston Public School P&C, new air-conditioning at the Murrurundi Rescue Squad building, coaching and umpiring equipment for bowlers at Tingha Sport and Recreation Bowling Club and a portable PA system for Bonshaw Memorial Hall.

"Community groups can apply for between $1000 and $5000.

"But, hurry as nominations close with my office at 5pm on February 7."

Each federal Member of Parliament is able to nominate organisations to apply for funding in their electorate.

The Department of Social Services will then send an application form to those groups next month.

Successful applicants will be announced in May.

For more information about the grants, including eligibility, go to the government's Community Grants website at

Alternatively, to register your interest in the grants, contact Mr Joyce's office for an expression of interest form via email or by phoning 6761 3080.