Co-operation Housing successfully applied for an Australian Government Volunteer Grant under the Families and Communities Program – Volunteer Grants Activity in 2019-2020.
Housing Co-operatives are Volunteer Member-Tenant Managed Organisations. They are a group of people with a common interest who work together to maintain and manage housing for its members. Members perform landlord roles (e.g. tenancy, rent, maintenance) and business roles (e.g. administration, bookkeeping). Membership requires significant ongoing commitment, including attending monthly and other meetings and actively participating in the management of the Organisation. Each Organisation manages its own member and tenant selection processes.
"This grant recognises the significant contribution made by members of housing co-ops in Western Australia", says Eugenie Stockmann, CEO Co-operation Housing.
The Australian Government invited organisations via a closed non-competitive process to apply for a Volunteer Grant under the Families and Communities Program.
The Families and Communities Program aims to strengthen relationships, support families, improve well being of children and young people, reduce the cost of family breakdown and strengthen family and community functioning.
Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.
The objectives of Volunteer Grants are to:
1. help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers
2. help community organisations to support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering
3. encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.
The intended outcome of the program is to strengthen community functioning by increasing participation in volunteering.
More information, visit Volunteer Grants Website