DSS 2021 Volunteer Grants


The 2021 Volunteer Grants round is now underway with grants of between $1000 and $5000 available to help community organisations to support the efforts of Australian volunteers.  Grants can be used for the purchase of small equipment, fuel used by volunteers during their volunteering activity, screening and training costs.  Grants can also be used to increase participation and promote awareness of volunteering opportunities and adjust policies and procedures to ensure volunteer safety.

Organisations must be nominated by their Federal Member of Parliament and meet eligibility criteria.

Each MP is able to nominate organisations to apply for funding in their electorate up to a cap of $132,450. With nominations to be submitted by each electorate to the Department of Social Services by 29 April 2021.

The Department of Social Services will send an application form to nominated organisations to apply for funding in May 2021. Successful applicants will be announced in November 2021.

Organisations interested in participating, should contact their local MP’s office for more information on the Expression of Interest process and timeframes for their electorate.

Further information on the 2021 Volunteer Grants Opportunity can be found on the Australian Government’s GrantConnect website at http://www.grants.gov.au or the Community Grant Hub website www.communitygrants.gov.au.

For any enquiries please contact the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 (option 1) or email support@communitygrants.gov.au

Table 1: Expected timing for this grant opportunity


Timeframe (cumulative)

Opening date for Expressions of Interest through local Federal Member of Parliament

March 2021

Member of Parliament endorsements to Community Grants Hub

29 April 2021

Organisations invited to apply for a Volunteer Grant

20 May 2021

Applications close

9 June 2021

Assessment of applications

June to September 2021

Approval of outcomes of assessment process

September to October 2021

Negotiations and award of grant agreements

November 2021

Notification to unsuccessful applicants

November 2021

Earliest start date of project

December 2021

End date of grant commitment

31 December 2022