The Australian Government is inviting organisations via a restricted non-competitive process to apply for a Volunteer Grant under the Families and Communities Program – Volunteer Grants Activity in 2021.

The 2021 Volunteer Grants round begins with a call for Expressions of Interest, with your local Member of Parliament (MP) using a community committee to develop a list of organisations to nominate. Following the Expression of Interest process, the MPs will nominate organisations from their lists. The nomination period is between 6 April 2021 and 2:00 PM AEST 29 April 2021. 

Only organisations nominated by their MP will receive an invitation to apply for the 2021 Volunteer Grants. The application period is between 20 May 2021 and 9:00 PM AEST 9 June 2021. 

MP Expression of Interest* March – April 2021 (approx)
MP nomination period opens 6 April 2021 
MP nomination period closes* 29 April 2021 (2:00 PM AEST)
Application period opens  20 May 2021
Application period closes 9 June 2021 (9:00 PM AEST) 

* MP Expression of Interest dates are approximate. Please confirm exact dates for your electorate with your local MPs office.

The Volunteer Grants Activity is an element of the Families and Communities Program, which aims to strengthen relationships, support families, improve wellbeing of children and young people, reduce the cost of family breakdown and strengthen family and community functioning.

The objectives of Volunteer Grants are to:

  • help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers
  • help community organisations to support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering
  • encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

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


More information


More information about the Families and Communities Program – 2021 Volunteer Grants Activity, as well as requirements for applicants, can be found in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

The department will email an application form to organisations who have been nominated by their local Member of Parliament.