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​​​Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme (EVSS)

EVSS supports projects that enhance the recruitment, retention and capability of emergency management volunteers. Priority is given to project activities such as recruitment campaigns, leadership training and developing the practical skills of volunteers.


Who can apply?

  • Government and non-government agencies with a defined role in NSW Emergency Management Plans
  • Members of the Australian Emergency Management Volunteer Forum with emergency management responsibilities in NSW

Requests from NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service and Marine Rescue NSW local unit/brigades should be made through headquarters.

Closed until further notice.

The 2018-19 Program Guide is available here -  EVSS 2018-19 Program Guide.pdf




NSW Rural Fire Service

Grants and Coordination Programmes

(02) 8741 5493


NSW State Emergency Service

Terri Langendam
Grants Program Support Officer

(02) 4251 6755


Marine Rescue NSW

Mat Smith

Grants and Sponsorship Manager

(02) 8071 4843



Program Guide​

EVSS Program guide available for download here: EVSS 2018-19 Program Guide.pdf

Late applications are not accepted.

An advisory panel assesses the applications and make recommendations to the Minister. The funding decision is expected to be announced in February.


Grants Approved​ in Previous Rounds


Further Assistance

Office of Emergency Management Grants Unit

Tel: (02) 9212 9251  

Resilience NSW
GPO Box 5434, Sydney NSW 2001