National Volunteer Week Grants

Small Grants Initiative


Thank you to 450 volunteer organisations who applied for up to $500 to host appropriate and responsible COVID safe events for volunteers. Activities include welcome back functions, professional development programs and initiatives to increase volunteer participation.

Due to overwhelming interest from volunteer organisations in the NVW Small Grants Initiative, the Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors, the Hon. Coralee O'Rourke MP, expanded the grants for 2020. The increase in funding was in acknowledgement of the difficult year it has been for the volunteering sector and appreciation that volunteer organisations are crucial to Queensland’s unite and recover activities.

Congratulations to the 31 volunteer organisations in the first round and 30 organisations in the additional round who were successful in receiving a grant. Together they will share in $30,000.


Selected Grant Recipients - First Round


Organisation name   Event name
Active Refugee and Migrant Integration in Australia   Community Welcome
Baby Give Back   Warehouse Volunteer Grand Opening
Birdsville Social Club Inc   Birdsville is Back and Buzzing
Brisbane Indigenous Cricket   Welcome Back to Cricket
Bymount Creative Circle   Creative Signs… Creative Minds…
Cystic Fibrosis Queensland   Welcome Back - Volunteer Party
Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce (Organisers of the Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival and the 1770 Festival)   Welcome Back - Supporting our Community to Thrive
Douglas Theatre Arts Group, Inc. trading as Clink Theatre   Welcome (back) to the Clink!
Elliott Heads Surf Life Saving Club Inc   Volunteer Recognition Day
Emerald & District Social Development Association Inc   Volunteers are Very Valuable! Breakfast
Eumamurrin Recreation Association Inc   Volunteer Well-being Dinner
Fauna Rescue Whitsundays Association Inc   Morning Tea
Gordonvale Men's Shed   Members Return and Recruitment Function
Gympie Regional Gallery   Welcome Back to the Gallery Family
Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival   Dirt n Dust Volunteer Welcoming Dinner
Lockyer Valley Netball Association Incorporated   Thank You Dinner
Longreach Rodeo Association   The COVID Comeback!
Mackay Surf Life Saving Club Inc   Gratitude Afternoon for our Dedicated Volunteer Patrollers & Volunteering Members
Mossman Port Douglas Senior Rugby League Inc   We're All in this Together
Nexus Care Inc   Big Family Bowl Off
Northern Beaches Suns AFL Club Inc   Volunteer and Mental Health Awareness Club Game
Palm Beach Currumbin Lions Club Inc   Welcome Back Dinner
RSL SED Ltd   Volunteer Wellness as COVID Restrictions Ease
Stafford State School Parents and Citizens Association   Welcome Back - Get Involved Function
The Caves State School Parents and Citizens Association   Welcoming Wellbeing
Tully Nursing Home   2020 Celebrates 1920
U3A Roma Inc   U3A Breakfree
Veggie Village Community Gardens   Winter Harvest Pizza Night
Vietnamese Women's Association of QLD   Gardening Day for Volunteers
We Care 2 Inc   Volunteer Thank You Function
Woodford Historical Society   Woodford Historical Society Shindig


Selected Grant Recipients - Additional Round


Organisation name   Event name
Atherton Junior Rugby League Inc   Welcome Back Volunteers at AJRL!
Babinda and District Pony Club Inc   Celebrating 60 Years of Club Volunteers
Brettacorp Inc   Welcome Back Forest Builders - One Tree Matters
Burdekin Shire Council   Welcome Back Function (Burdekin Gateway Visitor Information Centre)
Dalby Broadcasting Association Inc   Covid Be Gone
Dicky Beach Surf Club   Season Launch BBQ
Drought Angels   Volunteer Open Day
Esk & District Kindergarten Association Inc   Esk & District Kindergarten Volunteer Dinner
Football Brisbane   Thank You Dinner for the Football Brisbane Board
Friends of the Forest Inc   Volunteer Appreciation Day
Hekili Outrigger Canoe Club Inc   Breakout Paddle 2 The Barron and Back
Innisfail Community Band Inc   Volunteer Promotion
Kandanga State School Parents and Citizens Association   We Are All In This Together Fun Day
Lamb Island Community Gardens   Professional Development Session
LiveBetter Monto Community Services   Welcome Back Volunteers
Love This City Inc   You're Awesome Morning Tea
Maranoa Basketball Association   Volunteer Welcome and BBQ
Oonoonba State School Parents and Citizens Association   Welcome Back Breakfast Function
QCWA Jackson Branch   Thanking Our Volunteers
Rathdowney Memorial Grounds Association   THANKS for your HELP
Rosemore Calisthenics Dance College Inc   Volunteer Committee Thankyou! Dinner
Sea Shepherd Australia   Volunteer Event - Escape Room and Meal
The Migrant Centre Organisation Inc   TMC Welcome Back Tea
The Sail Training Association of Queensland Inc. trading as South Passage   South Passage Volunteers Operations Resumption Briefing
The Townsville Toy Library Association   Volunteer Lunch
Townsville Hospital Foundation   Afternoon Tea to Celebrate Volunteers
Trinity Beach Community Kindergarten   Celebrating Volunteers Kindy Style
Tully and District Show Society   Volunteer Afternoon Tea
Wildcare Australia Inc   Wildlife Volunteers Well-being Workshop
Yeppoon Junior Rugby League Football Club Inc   Volunteer Appreciation



Any questions?

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Thank you

Thank you to the Queensland Government for providing sponsorship of the NVW Small Grant Initiative.


National Volunteer Week and the NVW Small Grants Initiative are proudly supported by the Queensland Government.