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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 their headquarters.

Cont​acts

NSW Rural Fire Service

Manager Grants and Coordination Programmes
(02) 8741 549327

NSW State Emergency Service

Manager Marketing and Sponsorship
(02) 4251 6111

Marine Rescue NSW

Grants Manager
(02) 8071 4843

Program Guide​

Enter the grants portal and download the complete program guide

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 9248  

Department of Justice 
Office of Emergency Management 
GPO Box 5434, Sydney NSW 2001