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Closed Grant Opportunity View - GO6532

Volunteer Grants Activity – 2023–24 Volunteer Grants

Contact Details

Community Grants Hub

1800 020 283



Department of Social Services
Close Date & Time:
24-Nov-2023 9:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
Primary Category:
301000 - Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-for-Profits Infrastructure
Publish Date:
ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, TAS, Administered Territories
Selection Process:
Closed Non-Competitive

FO Reference:


The Australian Government is inviting organisations via a closed, non-competitive process to apply for a Volunteer Grant under the Families and Communities Program – Volunteer Grants Activity in 2023.

The 2023–24 Volunteer Grants round began with a call for Expressions of Interest with your local Member of Parliament (MP) using a community committee to develop a list of organisations to nominate. Following the Expression of Interest process, the MPs nominate organisations to receive an invitation to apply. The nomination period closed on 28 September 2023.

The Volunteer Grants Activity is an element of the Families and Communities Program, which aims to strengthen relationships, support families, improve wellbeing of children and young people, reduce the cost of family breakdown and strengthen family and community functioning.

The objectives of Volunteer Grants are to:

  •  help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers
  • help community organisations to support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering
  • encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

The intended outcome of the activity is to strengthen community functioning by increasing participation in volunteering.


To be eligible to apply you must be an organisation that has been nominated by your Federal MP, and have received an invitation to apply through GrantConnect.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

Opening date for Expressions of Interest through local Federal MP - 25 July 2023

Completed MP Nomination Workbook due to the Department of Social Services - 28 September 2023

Organisations invited to apply for a Volunteer Grant - 6 November 2023

Applications close - 24 November 2023

Assessment of applications - December 2023 to March 2024

Approval of outcomes of assessment process - April 2024

Negotiations and award of grant agreements - April 2024

Notification to unsuccessful applicants - April 2024

Earliest start date of project - May 2024

End date of grant commitment - 30 June 2025

Instructions for Application Submission:

By invitation only.

Other Instructions:

Please use:

  • Grant Opportunity Guidelines - version 2
Addenda Available:

Contact Details

Community Grants Hub

1800 020 283