GROW Volunteer Resilience and Capacity Program

The GROW Volunteer Resilience and Capacity Program is made possible by the financial support of Emergency Recovery Victoria (ERV) and Foundation for Rural & Regional Recovery (FRRR), delivered by Into Our Hands Community Foundation in partnership with Alpine Valleys Community Leadership.

The program will run over two years, and is aimed at volunteer run groups and critical service clubs located in the fire affected LGAs of Rural City of Wangaratta, Alpine, Indigo and Mansfield Shires. In 2024 the program is supporting volunteer groups within the LGAs of Indigo and Mansfield Shires, with EOIs now open. Applications will be accepted from other LGAs, though Mansfield and Indigo groups will receive priority in participating.

Who is this program for?

The goal of the program is to provide groups with advice and support that builds resilient, strong, and adaptive organisations who are able to sustain their operations and contribute to community recovery efforts.

The program is available to directly support up to 15 community groups in each LGA, with free training and support in areas such as organisational governance and strategic planning, volunteer engagement, grant writing, and project management.

The program will be delivered from February– June 2024.

What can participating groups expect through the program?

One on one sessions with the GROW Resource Officer:

  • Up to 6 hours over the 6-month program period. These sessions will focus on how your group can attract and retain a strong membership base, developing a vision for what your group wants to achieve in the next 3 years, and creating a plan to achieve your vision.

Access to five online and interactive skills sessions, each running from 6pm – 8pm:

  • Vision and Purpose – Tuesday 13 February
  • Digital 101 for Community Groups – Tuesday 12 March
  • Attracting and Retaining Volunteers – Tuesday 16 April
  • Governance and Compliance – Tuesday 14 May
  • Grant Writing – Tuesday 11 June

How much does it cost to participate in the program?

Through the funding provided, this program is at no cost to participating groups.

Any questions or queries can be directed to Madeline Hines, Executive Officer via