Applications are now open for the next round of funding with grants of up to $150,000 available.
VESEP supports volunteers by providing funding to replace or purchase new auxiliary operational equipment, appliances and field command vehicles as well as improve occupational health and safety, training aides and volunteer amenities.
Under the program the Victorian Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with $2 co-contribution, to the maximum contribution of $150,000.
There are five categories under which funding is available:
- Volunteer amenities costing less than $5000
- Minor works costing less than $100000
- Operational equipment
- Specialist appliances and field command vehicles
Application documents, guidelines and further information is available on Members Online. Brigades and groups can only apply for one project per funding round as per Emergency Management Victoria guidelines.
Applications for the 2021-22 funding round close Friday 18 June 2021, with the announcement of successful projects expected in late September 2021.
For further assistance email VESEP Project Coordinator Diane Frost: email@example.com
CFA shared in $10.2 million across 145 projects under the most recent VESEP funding round.
This funding will go towards two new rehabilitation units at Truganina and District 12 Headquarters brigades to support firefighter health and wellbeing.
Six brigades will receive new medium tankers and 23 brigades will be provided new road crash rescue equipment.
The 2020-21 funding also included $1.8 million of statewide initiatives for brigades and groups to improve the retention, safety, welfare and increase capability support for volunteer members.
In announcing the opening of 2021-22 VESEP applications, Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson said, “Every day Victorians witness the invaluable contribution our emergency service volunteers make to keep the community safe.
“Through the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, we’ll continue to ensure our volunteers are well supported and have access to the best available equipment and facilities to continue their incredible work.”