VESEP grants open for emergency services volunteer groups

23 April 2021

Victoria’s volunteer emergency services will be able to access funds to buy essential equipment with the latest round of Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) grants opening today.

VESEP is an ongoing, annual grants program which provides emergency services volunteer groups with grants to help fund operational equipment, make minor facilities repairs and purchase vehicles including trucks, tankers, watercrafts, and trailers.

The Victorian Government has committed $14.4 million to the program with grants available of up to $150,000. The VESEP will provide $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer group.

This year’s grants include:

  • more than $10.4 million for volunteer CFA brigades
  • more than $2.35 million for Victoria State Emergency Service units
  • more than $340,000 for Marine Search and Rescue, including the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
  • more than $820,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs
  • more than $380,000 for other volunteer agencies. 

The grants will ensure emergency services volunteer groups have the equipment they need to protect their community.

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

Last year’s grants were allocated to units across Country Fire Authority, Victoria State Emergency Service, Life Saving Victoria, marine search and rescue as well as other organisations. See the full list of grant recipients for 2020-21 (External link).

Volunteer organisations have until 17 June 2021 to apply.

Visit our VESEP page (External link) for more information about the 2021-22 grant application process.