Volunteering is a vital part of the South Australian way of life – generating great community spirit and helping to make our neighbourhoods welcoming, safe and inclusive.
We provide strategic policy advice to the South Australian government about issues impacting volunteers, and help the Minister for Human Services maintain a high rate of people doing formal and informal volunteering in South Australia.
We also play a role in implementing the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia, which was developed in collaboration with Business SA, the state government, the Local Government Association of South Australia, and Volunteering SA&NT. Through this partnership, we work with the volunteer community to create a variety of resources, programs and events to help support and develop volunteering in South Australia.
Emergency Recovery Volunteering
Volunteering SA&NT manages the registration and referral of spontaneous volunteers for South Australia. After natural disasters or catastrophic events such as the Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island bushfires, volunteers may be required to assist with the recovery process in the short and long term.. There are a variety of ways to contribute as a spontaneous volunteer.
Volunteering SA&NT have activated an online link for people to register as Emergency Recovery Volunteers. Volunteering SA&NT will work with emergency services organisations such as the CFS and State Emergency Service (SES) and not-for-profit organisations such as Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity or Samaritan's Purse in the allocation of volunteers to suitable positions.
Volunteering SA&NT is currently awaiting advice from recovery agencies to determine the need for recovery volunteers.
There is a range of grants for community organisations to help them support their volunteers and deliver services to the community.
To apply for a grant, organisations need to be:
- registered and operating within South Australia
- not for-profit
- incorporated with a registered ABN, and
- delivering services or support to the South Australian community.
If a community organisation is not incorporated, their grant application will need to be sponsored by an incorporated organisation or a council registered under the Local Government Act 1999.
Other state government grants include:
Grants SA provides over $3 million in grants annually to community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for South Australians, particularly those who are experiencing disadvantage.
Grants SA Minor Round 2 (including volunteer organisations) is now open for application until 3pm 31 January 2020.
2019–20 Funding Guidelines — Minor Round $100 to $10,000
To find out how to apply for a grant, go to Grants SA Minor Round 2
The Australian Government’s Department of Social Services also offers grants through their Families and Communities Grant Program, to help strengthen communities.
Telephone: 1300 321 592
Level 8, Riverside Centre
Community Services – Volunteers
GPO Box 292
Adelaide SA 5001