National Volunteer Week 2020 has been given an extra boost this year with Western Power and the Bushfire Volunteers association announcing another partnership that will deliver more than just reliable electricity to our amazing Local Government Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades – being $45,000 in direct brigade funding.

The Western Power Bushfire Volunteers Grants Program 2020 encourages member brigades to apply for funding to purchase important tools, services and other items that are not available under the State Government Emergency Services Levy (ESL).

Bush Fire Brigades (or their Local Government on their behalf) should use the online form below to provide a list of any items they require and attach a photo/scan/screenshot of a quote for each by midnight 15 June 2020. Successful applications will be determined in context of all others, with priority given to many variables including need, value for money and community return.

Some items funded by previous grant programs include: water tanks and pumps, 4WD recovery tools, a snake handling course, mosquito defence, drink coolers for fire trucks and thermal imaging cameras.

While every brigade should apply for anything they require without limit to number or value, it is likely that most successful grants will not exceed $2,500. However, brigades are strongly encouraged to list all items they require (even if the total far exceeds $2,500) as the association may have partnerships with retailers and service providers who are willing to subsidise costs and assist within the amount available via the grant.

Funds will be distributed to successful applicants before early August 2020.

For more information or any technical issues with the application form, please contact members@bushfire.org.au or phone 1800 BF VOLS (1800 23 8657)

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