Victoria’s volunteer emergency services will be able to access additional essential equipment following the announcement of 240 grants worth more than $14 million.
The annual Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) is funded by the Victorian Government and gives the State’s emergency services volunteer groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $150,000. Groups can use the grant to purchase equipment including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and for minor improvements including refurbishments and amenities, such as kitchens and change rooms.
Under the program, the Victorian Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution up to $150,000 per project.
The 2020-21 grants have been allocated to units across Country Fire Authority, Victoria State Emergency Service, Life Saving Victoria, marine search and rescue as well as other organisations.
Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said the grants support the selfless work of emergency service volunteers.
“It’s important that our volunteers are well-equipped to ensure they can effectively respond to incidents. The VESEP is our way of supporting their ongoing dedication to keeping Victorians safe,” said Commissioner Crisp.
Visit our VESEP page to see the full list of recipients and to learn more about the program.