Grants recognise emergency services volunteers

16 February 2022
Images of emergency services volunteers in action for the Country Fire Authority, Marine Search and Rescue, Life Saving Victoria and the Victoria State Emergency Service.

Emergency Services volunteers go above and beyond to protect the Victorian community and the Victorian Government is helping to recognise these efforts and boost volunteer numbers across the state through its 2021–22 Valuing Volunteers Program (VVP) grants.

The annual grants program recognises the vital role volunteers play in the emergency management sector and provides funding to support state-wide initiatives.

Successful grant recipients include:

  •    Country Fire Authority (CFA)
  •    Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES)
  •    Life Saving Victoria (LSV)
  •    Emergency Services Foundation (ESF)
  •    Australian Volunteers Coast Guard Association (AVCGA)
  •    independent Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) units.

A total of $1.38 million will support 28 programs across these organisations to help emergency services retain and recruit new volunteers so they can continue to protect the Victorian community and save lives.

The CFA received $539,0000, including $300,000 to enable the continued delivery of the CFA Firefighter Championships – a program that supports training in firefighting techniques, fitness development, discipline, teamwork and leadership.

The ESF received a total of $90,000 for its Mental Health Matters project, to support the design and delivery of workshops across Victoria that will help better mental health literacy for emergency services volunteers and their family members and friends.

Further supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our selfless volunteers, VICSES has received $280,000 to fund programs to help volunteers build and maintain their physical and mental capacity to perform their role, and to help all members make healthy lifestyle choices.

LSV received $275,000, with $14,000 going towards its Female Leadership Advancement Project to help advance women to operational and leadership roles.

MSAR also received a total of $200,000, with $144,000 going to the AVCGA and, and a further $56,000 going to independent MSAR units.

Since 2015–16, the Victorian Government has provided almost $9.69 million in funding for the targeted program with $1.38 million allocated each year across the five agencies and organisations.