Congratulations to the successful projects for year two of the 2018 State Budget investment in volunteering.

The Victorian State Budget 2018 included an investment of $500,000 over two years to support enhanced capacity and capability development in the volunteering sector, through leadership training and application of technology.

Year two projects

Following an invited funding submission process, we would like to congratulate the successful applicants in the year two funding round, who will share $207,000 in funding across five projects.

Application of technology

Three projects are set to receive one-off project funding through the Volunteering application of technology program:

  • Austin Health, in partnership with Be Collective and MyPass, to test short term and flexible volunteering, and the role of technology, within health services. Partners will provide integrated platforms to streamline recruitment and engagement, and to improve communication with volunteers on shift.
  • Communiteer, in partnership with Eastern Volunteers and SEEK, to use a combination of workshops and online engagement to foster skill-based corporate volunteering, and build online communities, measured against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Volunteering Victoria: to establish a free online survey tool to provide a self-assessment and reporting platform for small community organisations to monitor the sustainability, safety and satisfaction of their volunteer workforce.

Training and mentoring

Through the Training and mentoring for managers of volunteers 2019-20 funding round, two projects will deliver leadership training to support best practice and quality volunteering experiences:

  • Mitchell Shire Council, in partnership with Be Collective, to establish a website to connect volunteers and organisations, with a supporting best practice guide, and deliver a range of training and mentoring options for managers of volunteers.
  • Volunteering Victoria, in partnership with the Centre for Volunteering, to provide scholarships for volunteer managers to undertake the Certificate IV in Coordination of Volunteer Programs, supported by mentoring and peer study workshops with sector experts.