The Ministry of Health recognises the central role that volunteers provide for the delivery of compassionate palliative care and support for patients and families. The Ministry is seeking applications from organisations in NSW with the skills, experience and capacity to deliver a statewide Palliative Care Volunteer Services Support Program (VSSP). The VSSP has been delivered since 2014, following an open request for proposal process conducted by the Ministry.

The Ministry invites proposals from organisations to deliver the VSSP program from July 2024 to June 2027, providing a statewide operational framework for volunteer participation in end of life and palliative care. Funding is over a three-year period from FY2024-25 to FY2026-27.

The grant opportunity is open and competitive. Applications open 12pm midday 20 March 2024 and close 12pm midday, 25 April 2024.

The full grant opportunity is published on the NSW Grant and Funding Finder. 

Grant applications are to be submitted to MOH-PalliativeCareGrants@health.nsw.gov.au .

Grant objectives

  • ​Provide appropriate support for palliative care volunteers and volunteer services.
  • Provide education and training and networking opportunities for volunteers and volunteer service managers.
  • Identify and promote best practice in palliative care volunteering.
  • Work with stakeholders (including palliative care services, volunteer services, relevant peak organisations, and community organisations) to promote and further develop the palliative care volunteering sector.

Program funding

Total funding of $900,000 is available over three years (2024-25 to 2026-27). $300,000 will be provided per year during this period.

Support and contact

Current as at: Wednesday 20 March 2024