We posted this article last week explaining that the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) received powerful applications from 141 Brigades for up to $5,000 as part of our annual Western Power small grants scheme. The program always generates a lot of buzz among our members, but the huge response this year came as quite a shock and created the problem of us having to turn the lights out on a heck of a lot of very worthy applications.
One of the primary goals of the AVBFB is to support our amazing 26,000 bright spark volunteers so they can do what they do best with all the energy they have available.
Frankly, we were worried that the “success” of the program this year would have the opposite effect and dim some of the hope the Western Power grant scheme offers to Brigades that otherwise don’t have access to even the most basic facilities and equipment. So we made contact with our friends at Western Power to talk through the issues.
Within a couple of days, the awesome team at Western Power came back to us with the great news that after some serious calculator abuse, they had managed to put together $20,000 from the under-spend of other programs and add it to this year’s Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades grants!!
So the great news is thanks to the amazing people who deliver the power to the vast majority of West Australians, we will soon be notifying even more Brigades of successful funding applications.
We had hoped to notify everyone of the outcome at the end of April, but given the huge response and wonderful negotiations we have had with Western Power over the last week, we know Brigades will understand the slight delay.
All Brigades will be notified of the status of their application within the next two weeks and we will of course, publish a news article here too.
Also, the Association will continue to work with other potential sponsors who might be able to assist the Brigades that miss out this year.
We thank everyone for your patience and understanding and especially the team at Western Power who really do value the amazing work of the incredible women and men of the Volunteer Bush Fire service.