Volunteer Management
Activity 2022 – 2026

Questions? Click here


The Volunteer Management Activity (VMA) is designed to increase opportunities for people to participate in the social and economic life of their broader community through volunteering.  

The Volunteer Management Activity 2022-26 represents a significant shift of services based on a national review commissioned by Department of Social Services (DSS). Following the review DSS is focusing on reducing duplication, working with existing resources and infrastructure, using online platforms and breaking down barriers to the priority groups. 

Through the VMA, the Commonwealth government funded peak bodies to: 

  1. Break down barriers to volunteering for the three identified priority groups: 
  • Peoples with disability;  
  • First Nations People;  
  • Newly arrived migrants. 

    2. Deliver services to build the capacity of volunteer involving organisations (VIOs) including: 

  • Best practice recruitment and training of volunteers;  
  • Best practice strategies for supporting and retaining volunteers;  
  • Best practice volunteer management;  
  • Provision of information, tools, training and resources including regulatory obligations and risk management. 

The Commonwealth has committed to providing funding to Volunteering Victoria until 2026. This funding is being used for the VMA 2022-26 Grant. 

Funding over the five-year grant has been divided into two phases:  

  • Transition year in FY21: VMA1 
  • Redesigned grant from financial year 2022 to 2026: VMA 2022-26. 

Grant information

Eight grants are being made available to Consortium Leads who will manage a consortium seeking to achieve the VMA grant aims.

The consortium regions reflect the Emergency Management Victoria regions. 

Information about the grant is contained in the Volunteer Management Activity 2022-26 Grant: Guidelines for applicants. Applicants must read these guidelines before filling out an application. See below.

Important documents

Information sessions

Volunteering Victoria will be hosting virtual question and answer information sessions. At the sessions Volunteering Victoria will provide: 

  • information about the grant and the application process (as per the grant documentation) 
  • attendees with question and answer opportunity.

Please note: the information presented at each session will be the same. We have offered multiple timeslots to make it easier for interested participants to attend. 

Monday 28 February 2022 1:30 - 3:00pm

Session 1

Virtual question and answer information sessions.

To register for this session, email [email protected] to register your interest.

Tuesday 8 March 2022 10:00 - 11:30am

Session 2

Virtual question and answer information sessions.

To register for this session, email [email protected] to register your interest.

Grant period

Consortium applications

  • Opening date: Tuesday 22 February 2022
  • Closing date and time: Wednesday 6 April 2022 (5:00pm)

General information

  • Questions of Clarification period: Tuesday 22 February – Wednesday 23 March 2022 (12:00pm)
  • Virtual question and answer information sessions:

                * Session 1: Monday 28 February 2022 at 1:30 –3:00pm
                * Session 2: Tuesday 8 March 2022 at 10 – 11:30am 

  • Grant period: 1 July 2022 – 30 June 2026 
  • Grant funding to be expended by: 20 June 2026

Register your interest

All organisations interested in lodging an application are required to fill in the form below.

By completing this form, you will receive updates on the grant process, responses to any questions of clarification and an invitations to any grant information sessions. Responses will be distributed to all organisations who have registered via the form.