VESEP grants awarded to Victoria’s volunteer emergency services

5 November 2021
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.

Victoria’s emergency services volunteers will benefit from more than $14.3 million in grants following the announcement of the 2021-22 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) grants.

The annual VESEP grants support Victoria’s volunteer emergency services to buy operational equipment, vehicles and appliances and minor facility improvements they need to keep the community safe and protect lives.

Under the program, the Victorian Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution up to $150,000 per project.

More than 300 grants have been allocated to:

  • Country Fire Authority (206 grants)
  • Victoria State Emergency Service (34 grants)
  • Life Saving Victoria (34 grants), and 
  • Marine Search and Rescue (14 grants)

Another 15 grants have been allocated to other volunteer organisations, including St John Ambulance, Red Cross, and Bush Search and Rescue Victoria.

Among this year’s grant recipients:

  • East Gippsland based Omeo CFA will receive a VESEP grant of $195,000 towards a new light tanker
  • Beechworth CFA will receive $12,480 towards minor facility improvements
  • Victoria’s only inland lifesaving club, Mildura Life Saving Club, will receive $100,000 towards minor facility improvements 
  • Two of the busiest road crash units for VICSES, Knox and Frankston VICSES, will receive $150,000 and $195,000 grants respectively towards new heavy rescue trucks.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said the VESEP grants support the crucial work of emergency service volunteers.

“Volunteers are essential to Victoria’s emergency management capability. It’s important our volunteers are well-equipped to effectively prepare for, respond to, and support recovery from emergencies,” said Commissioner Crisp.

“The VESEP is one way of supporting their ongoing dedication to keeping Victorian communities safe.”

Over the past seven years, VESEP has provided more than $90 million to volunteer groups around the state.

Visit our VESEP page (External link) to see the full list of recipients and to learn more about the program.