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Volunteering WA, on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Social Services, is pleased to award the 2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants to volunteer involving organisations across Western Australia to support the efforts of volunteers in building stronger, more resilient communities.

The 2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

The grants of between $1,000 to $5,000 can be used by volunteer involving organisations and community groups to support the efforts of their volunteers and encourage and increase participation in volunteering.

Funding can assist organisations to transition their volunteer programs back into operation following the disruption caused by COVID-19, with grants to help re-engage volunteers and adapt practices to support volunteers’ safety as the economy reopens.


The Australian Government provided  Volunteering WA with funding to administer a Supplementary Grants program to volunteer involving organisations.  

The purpose of the funding is to support the efforts of Western Australia's volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering by on-funding grants to provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.  

The supplementary volunteer grants are designed to support volunteer involving organisations with a high proportion (over 40%) of volunteers to:  

  • Help support the efforts of Australia’s  volunteers;  
  • Help support the inclusion of vulnerable people through  volunteering;  
  • Encourage, support and increase participation in  volunteering;  
  • Post COVID-19 re-engagement activities for volunteers; and  
  • Adapting practices to support  volunteers  safety in relation to COVID-19  

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


Grants period and timing of the grant process  

Opening date  

Tuesday 25 August 2020  

Closing date and time  

11.59PM AEST Sunday 20 September 2020  

Successful applicants to be notified  

By 4 December 2020  

Grant funding to be expended by  

28 February 2021  


For more information 

•    2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grant Guidelines for Applicants
•    2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants Questions and Answers

For further clarification and enquiries please email or call  (08) 9482 4333.