Four community groups across the Junee Shire have been granted funds to recognise the efforts of their volunteers.
The federal government's Volunteer Grants program is aimed at funding assets and equipment to make volunteering an easier, more appealing option.
About $15,000 will be distributed across the community, with $4950 going to the Junee and District Historical Society and $4630 committed to the Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival.
The Dirnaseer Public Hall has been granted $3300 and $2180 will go to Junee Rotary.
Sasha Shearman from the Historical Society said the funding would be directed towards upgrading equipment that would usually be at the bottom of the priority list including chairs and a refrigerator for volunteer use.
"The whole idea of the grant is to make volunteer life more comfortable," Ms Shearman said.
"A lot of our volunteers are older people and this equipment we're getting is just going to make their life easier."
The major item the society will be able to purchase is a newer, higher quality scanner.
"That will allow the volunteers to scan old photographs and documents and in time, we'll be able to use those on Facebook and on our website to broaden the appeal for the museum," Ms Shearman said.
She said the idea for a grants program specifically for improving the volunteer experience was an innovative one that would continue to encourage strong participation with the shire's community groups.
"If we've got three or four organisations that have got funding then it's going to make life easier for a lot of people in Junee, because we've got a lot of volunteers here," she said.
Kate Hinds from the Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival committee said the group's successful application had "boosted morale" as the newly formed committee waits on changing coronavirus restrictions to see when they will be able to reschedule the event.
The group will be spending their funds on a variety of equipment to make running the festival safer and easier.
Among the purchases will be a set of 'walkie talkies', allowing the team to communicate throughout the event without making multiple phone calls.
Ms Hinds said the radios would come in handy as the committee looks to move the event to the showgrounds.
"We hope to be a bit more spread out so we're going to need that communication process," she said.
She said the success of Junee groups was "heartening" and through the community register the group would be able to share their equipment with other organisations.
"We can have them available to other not-for-profit community groups, it's actually a resource for the entire Junee shire community," she said.
Both Ms Hinds and Ms Shearman thanked Riverina MP Michael McCormack for his work in relation to the grants on behalf of their groups.