Emergency services volunteers across the state are set to receive a funding boost, with the 2017-18 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program now open.
This year’s fund is the largest since the grant program started in 2011, with the Victorian Government providing almost $200000 more than last year.
The funding supports emergency services volunteer groups to purchase life-saving equipment, helping them better serve their communities in times of need.
Grants of up to $100000 are available to meet the cost of a range of items, such as new tankers and trucks, pumps and generators and improvements to facilities.
Groups must raise a portion of the funding, with the program contributing $2 for every $1 fundraised.
‘‘Our emergency services volunteers are often the first line of defence during fires, floods, storms and water emergencies. We value the hard yards they put in to keep their communities safe,’’ Emergency Services Minister James Merlino said.
‘‘I encourage all eligible volunteer groups to take advantage of the funding and apply right away.’’
Applications are open now.
For more information on how to apply visit www.emv.vic.gov.au/vesep