Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent has presented members of the Baw-Baw Combined Churches Food Relief a cheque for $4500 under the Volunteer Grants 2015 programme.

The Warragul-based volunteer group is one of 71 in the electorate who will share a total of $242,953 in funding this year.

“Baw-Baw Combined Churches Food Relief is staffed by a wonderful group of tireless volunteers who are giving something back to the local community. Aside from offering food relief, the group also has a fantastic op shop, filled with old and new items alike,” Mr Broadbent said.

The annual grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are for the purchase of small equipment items, contributing towards the cost of training courses and background checks, and to help to reimburse volunteers for the cost of their fuel or transport.

“Volunteers play a critical role in helping shape Australia and building stronger and more resilient communities,” Mr Broadbent said.

“Their generosity ripples through almost every aspect of Australian society, whether it be helping out local sporting clubs or land care groups, assisting our most disadvantaged, or helping recover from natural disasters.”

A list of successful applicants and further information is available at Volunteer Grants 2015