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Joint Media Release: Fostering Integration Grant Program Applications Now Open

Multicultural groups and not-for-profit organisations in Bradfield are encouraged to apply for the Fostering Integration Grant Program, with applications for the 2019-20 program now open.

The Liberal National Government is providing $2.3 million for community organisations to support the integration of migrants into Australian social, economic and civil life.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrants Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said this round of grants will fund activities that celebrate and recognise Australia’s multicultural communities, increase cultural awareness and help build more socially cohesive communities.

“The program has been refined to optimise opportunities for smaller, grassroots organisations. There is also a focus on key cultural events, which raise awareness of Australia’s multicultural diversity and promote a sense of belonging by bringing people together,” Mr Coleman said.

“Activities funded may include cultural events or festivals, programs that help migrants undertake valuable work experience in order to succeed in the workforce, or opportunities to practice English in their local community.

Member for Bradfield, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP said the grants will enhance the important work they do at the local level, recognising that safe communities are built on strong communities.

“Local community organisations have an important role to play in helping migrants, particularly young people, women and those in regional areas access the workforce and participate more in the community.”

“The Fostering Integration Grant Program is about supporting organisations that work at the grassroots level in their community and have a strong understanding of the challenges facing migrants” Mr Fletcher said.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to $60,000 for activities lasting up to 12 months.

Applications for the Fostering Integration Grants close on 5 November 2019.

For more information and to apply for the Fostering Integration Grant Program, visit the Community Grants Hub website at www.communitygrants.gov.au.