$20 million worth of grants valued between $1,000 and $5,000 to not-for-profit organisations will be made available, and community organisations in the Parkes electorate are encouraged to apply.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities giving up their time and expertise to help our many charities, sports clubs and schools. The Volunteer Grants round is expected to open in August.

The grants can be used towards the cost of essential items that help make the work of volunteers easier, safer, and more enjoyable, such as equipment, training, transport and background screening.

For more information, visit the Department of Social Services’ Community Grants Hub website to subscribe to updates on the application process.