Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP)

About the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program

The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) is an annual grants program funded by the Victorian Government, which provides funding to Victorian emergency services volunteer groups to purchase essential operational equipment, vehicles and appliances and minor facility improvements. 

Victorian Volunteer Emergency Service groups can apply for a grant up to a maximum of $150,000 excluding GST. The VESEP will provide $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer group.

Who can apply

The VESEP is open to the following organisations:

  • Country Fire Authority
  • Life Saving Victoria
  • Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Volunteer Marine Search and Rescue units
  • Other eligible volunteer emergency services groups as defined in the State Emergency Management Plan

What can be funded

Equipment purchased with the grant funding can include, but is not limited to vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and can also include minor facility improvements.

Projects must begin on or after the start of the funding allocation and should be fully expended by the end of the grant’s financial year. 

The types of equipment funded under the program include:

Operational Equipment such as:

  • Chainsaws
  • Quick Fill Pumps
  • Generators
  • Inflatable Rescue Boats and engines
  • Rescue and Safety Equipment

Vehicles and Appliances such as:

  • Cars/4WD’s
  • Lighting and Storm Trailers
  • Light/Medium Tankers
  • Big Fill Trucks
  • Watercraft
  • Rescue Trucks

Minor Facility Improvements such as:

  • Refurbishments
  • Amenities – such as: kitchens/change rooms
  • Temporary and transition facilities

What will not be funded

  • core budget requirements
  • recurrent expenditure such as maintenance
  • projects currently in progress
  • project overspends

How applications are assessed

Applications are assessed against the following criteria:

  • the asset will enhance operational capability
  • the group has the appropriate resources to house, operate and maintain the asset
  • the asset will provide a net community benefit
  • funding for the asset has not been received under another program
  • the group must meet their matched funding formula contribution
  • the group can demonstrate that the make and model of all equipment meets agency standards.

An assessment panel (VESEP Panel) is chaired by Emergency Management Victoria and will comprise representatives from relevant emergency services organisations.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed.

When a funding round opens, specific guidelines and application forms are made available for completion. Relevant financial plans, statements and responses to any agency specific key selection criteria will need to be provided by applicants.

EMV SmartyGrants portal (External link)

2022-23 VESEP grant recipients

Below is a list of successful 2022-23 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) grant applications.

 

2022-23 VESEP grant recipients

Agency

Name

Category

VESEP contribution

(ex. GST)

CFA

Alberton West

Operational Equipment

$3,052.00

CFA

Axe Creek

Operational Equipment

$1,291.00

CFA

Axedale

Vehicle and Appliances

$214,000.00

CFA

Bacchus Marsh

Vehicle and Appliances

$50,000.00

CFA

Baddaginnie

Operational Equipment

$1,571.00

CFA

Bainbridge

Operational Equipment

$6,940.00

CFA

Bairnsdale

Vehicle and Appliances

$50,000.00

CFA

Beverford & District

Operational Equipment

$2,705.00

CFA

Boho

Operational Equipment

$2,108.00

CFA

Boisdale

Minor Facility Improvements

$2,333.00

CFA

Bostocks Creek

Minor Facility Improvements

$112,000.00

CFA

Briagolong

Operational Equipment

$6,816.00

CFA

Bringalbert South

Operational Equipment

$1,350.00

CFA

Broadford

Vehicle and Appliances

$50,000.00

CFA

Browns Plains

Vehicle and Appliances

$214,000.00

CFA

Buangor & Middle Creek

Operational Equipment

$2,108.00

CFA

Buloke West

Vehicle and Appliances

$135,000.00

CFA

Cann Valley

Operational Equipment

$3,030.00

CFA

Carwarp

Minor Facility Improvements

$1,400.00

CFA

Castlemaine

Minor Facility Improvements

$80,000.00

CFA

Charlton

Vehicle and Appliances

$162,500.00

CFA

Chirnside Park

Operational Equipment

$3,333.00

CFA

Coastal

Operational Equipment

$2,453.00

CFA

Cobram

Vehicle and Appliances

$33,267.00

CFA

Cogs

Vehicle and Appliances

$50,000.00

CFA

Craigieburn

Vehicle and Appliances

$62,333.00

CFA

Creightons Creek

Vehicle and Appliances

$214,000.00

CFA

Curyo

Operational Equipment

$3,214.00

CFA

Dadswells Bridge

Operational Equipment

$664.00

CFA

Deakin

Operational Equipment

$2,000.00

CFA

Dederang

Vehicle and Appliances

$214,000.00

CFA

District 11 Headquarters

Operational Equipment

$4,805.00

CFA

District 2 Headquarters

Operational Equipment

$7,000.00

CFA

District 4 DPC

Minor Facility Improvements

$280,000.00

CFA

District 5 DPC

Minor Facility Improvements

$175,000.00

CFA

District 6 DPC

Minor Facility Improvements

$35,000.00

CFA

Dixons Creek

Operational Equipment

$2,533.00

CFA

Dreeite South

Operational Equipment

$1,061.00

CFA

Drouin West

Operational Equipment

$3,332.00

CFA

Drysdale

Minor Facility Improvements

$16,667.00

CFA

Dumbalk

Operational Equipment

$1,394.00

CFA

Dundas

Vehicle and Appliances

$46,487.00

CFA

Dunrobin & Nangeela

Vehicle and Appliances

$240,000.00

CFA

Elmore

Operational Equipment

$2,533.00

CFA

Euroa

Vehicle and Appliances

$38,487.00

CFA

Eynesbury

Operational Equipment

$2,533.00

CFA

Flinders

Vehicle and Appliances

$56,667.00

CFA

Fortuna

Operational Equipment

$3,305.00

CFA

Franklinford

Vehicle and Appliances

$375,000.00

CFA

Gannawarra

Vehicle and Appliances

$30,667.00

CFA

Geelong City

Vehicle and Appliances

$50,000.00

CFA

Gembrook

Vehicle and Appliances

$214,000.00

CFA

Girgarre

Operational Equipment

$2,705.00

CFA

Goroke

Operational Equipment

$1,291.00

CFA

Green Lake

Minor Facility Improvements

$120,000.00

CFA

Hardies Hill

Operational Equipment

$4,473.00

CFA

Hawkesdale

Vehicle and Appliances

$52,634.00

CFA

Heathmere

Minor Facility Improvements

$872.00

CFA

Henty

Operational Equipment

$2,705.00

CFA

Heywood

Operational Equipment

$2,245.00

CFA

Heywood

Minor Facility Improvements

$1,472.00

CFA

Hilldene

Vehicle and Appliances

$140,000.00

CFA

Irrewillipe

Operational Equipment

$902.00

CFA

Jack River

Operational Equipment

$839.00

CFA

Kal Kallo

Operational Equipment

$2,533.00

CFA

Kaniva

Operational Equipment

$70,000.00

CFA

Kellalac

Operational Equipment

$17,623.00

CFA

Leigh

Vehicle and Appliances

$93,500.00

CFA

Leonards Hill & District

Operational Equipment

$2,705.00

CFA

Leongatha

Vehicle and Appliances

$62,334.00

CFA

Linlithgow

Operational Equipment

$1,011.00

CFA

Little River

Vehicle and Appliances

$125,000.00

CFA

Longwood

Minor Facility Improvements

$14,000.00

CFA

Lurg

Vehicle and Appliances

$214,000.00

CFA

Lyons

Operational Equipment

$2,705.00

CFA

Macclesfield

Minor Facility Improvements

$80,000.00

CFA

Maldon

Vehicle and Appliances

$375,000.00

CFA

Manangatang

Minor Facility Improvements

$2,333.00

CFA

Mandurang

Vehicle and Appliances

$214,000.00

CFA

Mansfield

Vehicle and Appliances

$39,094.00

CFA

Merbein

Vehicle and Appliances

$56,667.00

CFA

Merino

Operational Equipment

$2,705.00

CFA

Milltown

Operational Equipment

$3,310.00

CFA

Mirranatwa

Operational Equipment

$1,363.00

CFA

Munro

Operational Equipment

$1,330.00

CFA

Nagambie

Vehicle and Appliances

$214,000.00

CFA

Napoleons-enfield

Operational Equipment

$1,657.00

CFA

Narre Warren

Vehicle and Appliances

$150,000.00

CFA

Newry

Vehicle and Appliances

$125,000.00

CFA

Newstead & District

Vehicle and Appliances

$62,333.00

CFA

Nillumbik

Vehicle and Appliances

$36,667.00

CFA

Nilma North

Minor Facility Improvements

$2,310.00

CFA

North Hamilton

Operational Equipment

$2,533.00

CFA

Old Tallangatta

Operational Equipment

$1,200.00

CFA

Orbost

Vehicle and Appliances

$52,333.00

CFA

Otway

Operational Equipment

$1,086.00

CFA

Pakenham

Vehicle and Appliances

$50,000.00

CFA

Parwan

Minor Facility Improvements

$13,333.00

CFA

Paynesville

Vehicle and Appliances

$86,667.00

CFA

Plenty

Vehicle and Appliances

$56,667.00

CFA

Pomborneit & District

Minor Facility Improvements

$2,394.00

CFA

Porepunkah

Minor Facility Improvements

$80,000.00

CFA

Portland

Vehicle and Appliances

$161,667.00

CFA

Pyalong

Minor Facility Improvements

$40,000.00

CFA

Queenscliff

Operational Equipment

$2,533.00

CFA

Raywood

Operational Equipment

$531.00

CFA

Reedy Dam

Operational Equipment

$671.00

CFA

Rokewood

Operational Equipment

$5,891.00

CFA

Ruffy

Operational Equipment

$2,907.00

CFA

Sandford

Operational Equipment

$2,705.00

CFA

Sea Lake

Operational Equipment

$2,121.00

CFA

Smythesdale

Vehicle and Appliances

$42,940.00

CFA

Springhurst

Vehicle and Appliances

$375,000.00

CFA

St Arnaud

Vehicle and Appliances

$67,500.00

CFA

Stanhope

Operational Equipment

$1,333.00

CFA

Stoneleigh

Minor Facility Improvements

$760.00

CFA

Strathfieldsaye

Operational Equipment

$2,705.00

CFA

Strathkellar

Operational Equipment

$3,334.00

CFA

Swan Hill

Vehicle and Appliances

$161,667.00

CFA

Tahara

Operational Equipment

$2,705.00

CFA

Tallangatta

Operational Equipment

$2,533.00

CFA

Tarra

Operational Equipment

$1,955.00

CFA

Tarrayoukyan

Operational Equipment

$2,705.00

CFA

The Sisters

Minor Facility Improvements

$4,000.00

CFA

Tinamba

Minor Facility Improvements

$15,000.00

CFA

Tintaldra

Operational Equipment

$2,133.00

CFA

Torquay

Operational Equipment

$2,705.00

CFA

Trafalgar

Vehicle and Appliances

$20,452.23

CFA

Traralgon

Vehicle and Appliances

$50,000.00

CFA

Traralgon South

Minor Facility Improvements

$2,333.00

CFA

Trida

Operational Equipment

$3,800.00

CFA

Tylden

Vehicle and Appliances

$375,000.00

CFA

Upton Hill

Operational Equipment

$2,059.00

CFA

Waaia

Operational Equipment

$1,810.00

CFA

Wallace

Operational Equipment

$1,167.90

CFA

Wallington

Operational Equipment

$6,496.00

CFA

Wandin

Vehicle and Appliances

$36,733.00

CFA

Wangaratta North

Minor Facility Improvements

$50,000.00

CFA

Warburton

Vehicle and Appliances

$160,000.00

CFA

Willung South

Operational Equipment

$704.00

CFA

Winchelsea

Operational Equipment

$1,961.00

CFA

Wodonga West

Operational Equipment

$4,053.00

CFA

Woodend

Vehicle and Appliances

$86,667.00

CFA

Woolsthorpe

Operational Equipment

$2,705.00

CFA

Wooragee

Vehicle and Appliances

$214,000.00

CFA

Wurdale

Vehicle and Appliances

$125,000.00

CFA

Wye River

Operational Equipment

$1,267.00

CFA

Wyndham Vale

Minor Facility Improvements

$80,000.00

CFA

CFA Statewide

Vehicle and Appliances

$450,000.00

CFA

CFA Statewide

Vehicle and Appliances

$30,000.00

CFA

CFA Statewide

Operational Equipment

$342,000.00

CFA

CFA Statewide

Operational Equipment

$112,000.00

CFA

CFA Statewide

Minor Facility Improvements

$140,000.00

CFA

CFA Statewide

Minor Facility Improvements

$150,000.00

CFA

CFA Statewide

Minor Facility Improvements

$704,380.00

CFA

CFA Statewide

Minor Facility Improvements

$233,778.00

CFA

CFA Statewide

Vehicle and Appliances

$76,000.00

CFA

CFA Statewide

Operational Equipment

$381,322.00

LSV

Altona Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment, Vehicles and Appliances

$20,896.00

LSV

Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment, Minor Facility Improvements

$2,195.00

LSV

Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment

$1,060.00

LSV

Aspendale Lifesaving Swimming and Youth Club

Operational Equipment, Vehicles and Appliances

$18,809.00

LSV

Barwon Heads - 13th Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$24,366.67

LSV

Bonbeach Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment

$14,400.00

LSV

Brighton Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment, Vehicles and Appliances

$22,488.67

LSV

Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$17,600.00

LSV

Carrum Surf Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment

$2,146.00

LSV

Dromana Bay Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment, Minor Facility Improvements

$4,400.00

LSV

Edithvale Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment

$3,713.00

LSV

Elwood Life Saving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$26,797.00

LSV

Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment, Vehicles and Appliances

$27,623.00

LSV

Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment, Minor Facility Improvements

$7,948.67

LSV

Half Moon Bay Life Saving and Swimming Clubs

Vehicles and Appliances

$9,400.00

LSV

Hampton Lifesaving Club

Operational Equipment

$7,137.00

LSV

Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club

Operational Equipment

$17,626.02

LSV

Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$32,383.33

LSV

Life Saving Victoria

Statewide Initiative

$20,866.36

LSV

Life Saving Victoria

Statewide Initiative

$24,420.00

LSV

Life Saving Victoria

Statewide Initiative

$9,000.00

LSV

Lorne Surf Life Saving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$16,116.00

LSV

Mentone Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment

$10,666.67

LSV

Mordialloc Life Saving Club

Minor Facility Improvements

$8,320.00

LSV

Mornington Life Saving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$35,806.00

LSV

Mount Martha Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment, Vehicles and Appliances

$30,935.00

LSV

Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$21,563.00

LSV

Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment

$6,312.82

LSV

Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$31,610.67

LSV

Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$31,318.00

LSV

Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment, Minor Facility Improvements

$50,040.00

LSV

Rosebud and McCrae Lifesaving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$15,331.00

LSV

Sandringham Life Saving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$15,344.48

LSV

Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club

Minor Facility Improvements

$50,000.00

LSV

South Melbourne Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment

$9,128.00

LSV

St Kilda Life Saving Club

Minor Facility Improvements

$5,756.32

LSV

Torquay Surf Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment

$9,833.00

LSV

Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$18,755.33

LSV

Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment, Vehicles and Appliances

$22,150.00

LSV

Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club

Vehicles and Appliances

$17,413.33

LSV

Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club

Operational Equipment

$10,656.00

LSV

Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Operational Equipment, Vehicles and Appliances

$35,814.67

LSV

Wye River Surf Life Saving Club

Minor Facility Improvements

$73,333.00

MSAR

Apollo Bay Ocean Rescue Inc

Operational Equipment, Minor Facility Improvements, Vehicles, Appliances, Vessels

$16,233.00

MSAR

Carrum Coast Guard (VF7)

Vehicles, Appliances, Vessels

$50,204.00

MSAR

Carrum Coast Guard (VF7)

Operational Equipment, Vehicles, Appliances, Vessels

$47,050.00

MSAR

Coast Watch Radio and Marine Rescue Squad Inc. Ocean Grove

Operational Equipment

$3,595.00

MSAR

Lakes Entrance Coast Guard (VF18)

Vehicles, Appliances, Vessels

$46,644.00

MSAR

MSAR Office, EMV

Statewide Initiative

$90,501.00

MSAR

Portland Coast Guard (VF17)

Operational Equipment

$9,398.00

MSAR

Queenscliff Coast Guard (VF9)

Operational Equipment

$2,302.00

MSAR

Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad

Vehicles, Appliances, Vessels

$51,462.00

MSAR

Torquay Marine Rescue

Vehicles, Appliances, Vessels

$13,798.00

MSAR

Victoria Squadron - Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association

Operational Equipment

$15,908.00

MSAR

Werribee Coast Guard (VF10)

Minor Facility Improvements

$2,821.00

Other

Bush Search and Rescue Victoria

Operational Equipment

$1,370.00

Other

Echuca Moama Search and Rescue

Operational Equipment, Vehicles and Appliances

$114,840.00

Other

Mount Buller Ski Patrol

Minor Facility Improvements

$2,010.00

Other

Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad

Minor Facility Improvements

$92,000.00

Other

Southern Alpine Resort Management Board

Operational Equipment

$2,661.00

Other

St John Ambulance Australia Victoria - Command Centre

Operational Equipment, Minor Facility Improvements

$58,018.00

Other

St John Ambulance Australia Victoria - Emergency Management Team

Operational Equipment

$12,455.00

Other

St John Ambulance Victoria - Communications Team and Warrnambool Division

Operational Equipment

$75,751.00

Other

Venus Bay and District Community Emergency Response Team

Operational Equipment

$5,416.00

Other

Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry

Operational Equipment, Minor Facility Improvements

$19,628.00

VICSES

Bairnsdale

Operational Equipment

$93,251.00

VICSES

Bendigo

Vehicles and Appliances

$79,021.00

VICSES

Brimbank

Vehicles and Appliances

$77,866.54

VICSES

Buchan

Vehicles and Appliances

$82,637.00

VICSES

Chelsea

Vehicles and Appliances

$133,452.00

VICSES

Cobden

Vehicles and Appliances

$50,690.98

VICSES

Falls Creek

Vehicles and Appliances

$33,462.00

VICSES

Foster

Vehicles and Appliances

$83,489.00

VICSES

Geelong

Vehicles and Appliances

$82,577.00

VICSES

Glen Eira

Vehicles and Appliances

$79,679.00

VICSES

Hamilton

Vehicles and Appliances

$85,008.00

VICSES

Hastings

Vehicles and Appliances

$76,136.04

VICSES

Hepburn Shire

Vehicles and Appliances

$80,617.32

VICSES

Heywood

Vehicles and Appliances

$77,050.00

VICSES

Inverloch

Vehicles and Appliances

$80,932.00

VICSES

Knox

Vehicles and Appliances

$84,214.00

VICSES

Lilydale

Vehicles and Appliances

$150,000.00

VICSES

Maffra

Vehicles and Appliances

$86,205.00

VICSES

Marong

Operational Equipment

$50,072.80

VICSES

Maroondah

Vehicles and Appliances

$150,000.00

VICSES

Melton

Vehicles and Appliances

$139,700.70

VICSES

Moe

Vehicles and Appliances

$76,075.00

VICSES

Monash

Vehicles and Appliances

$82,125.57

VICSES

Pakenham

Vehicles and Appliances

$79,054.00

VICSES

Port Fairy

Vehicles and Appliances

$83,352.15

VICSES

Whitehorse

Vehicles and Appliances

$150,000.00

VICSES

Wycheproof

Vehicles and Appliances

$77,922.00

​Previous VESEP grant recipients

View the list of VESEP grant recipients.

More information 

For more information, please contact Emergency Management Victoria via email at emvgrants@emv.vic.gov.au (External link).