EMERGENCY service organisations across the Euroa electorate are being encouraged to apply for funding through the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).
Euroa MP and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the program was now open to the Country Fire Authority, Victoria State Emergency Service and the Australian Volunteer Coastguard.
“Last year, seven grants totalling $173,408 were shared among CFA volunteer services with Girgarre, Merrigum and Seymour each receiving a cut for vehicles and appliances,” Ms Ryan said.
“Other CFA brigades whose applications were successful included Clonbinane, Devenish, Mia Mia and Toolleen.
“Our emergency services volunteers do a wonderful job in protecting the community and these grants will help to ensure that when they are performing their roles, they have the equipment and facilities to do the job.
“The VESEP grants can be used to fund operational equipment, including new vehicles, trucks, light and medium tankers, trailers, watercraft, vessels and engines, or funding can be put towards minor building improvements.”
VESEP funding will contribute $2 for every $1 of funding from the local volunteer group up to a maximum of $150,000 excluding GST.
“I strongly encourage all eligible emergency service organisations across the Euroa electorate to make an application for their chance at a share of this year’s funds,” Ms Ryan said.
For more information about the VESEP and to find out how to apply for a grant, visit https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/vesep.