VOLUNTEER emergency service groups can apply for grants of up to $150,000 to help buy operational equipment and fund minor facility upgrades.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp urged local groups to apply for the grants, with applications now open for the 2018-19 round.
Under the grant program, the state government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution, with the government this year increasing its maximum contribution from $100,000 to $150,000.
The grants can be used to help fund operational equipment, including the purchase of new vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers.
Volunteer groups can also put the money towards minor facility improvements.
For more information and to find out how to apply for a grant, visit emv.vic.gov.au/vesep