Community Grants To Boost Social Cohesion

02:25' 22-02-2018
The $650,000 Community Harmony Program for 2017/18 has awarded 22 grants to community groups.

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    Announcing the awards, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott said, “Our social cohesion is vital to a thriving multicultural Victoria.”

    The Community Harmony Program is designed to enable Victorians to build social cohesion and community harmony through initiatives that address the root causes of social disharmony and racial, ethnic and religious intolerance.

    Grants under this program will support community groups to:

    • Identify and respond to local challenges to social cohesion and community harmony
    • Increase intercultural and interfaith engagement and understanding
    • Build shared values and the foundations of common humanity
    • Support diverse groups to develop relationships with one another

    The 22 grants were chosen from more than 250 applications, submitted by both new and established community groups across metropolitan and regional Victoria.

    North Melbourne Language & Learning won the largest grant, of $70,000, to continue bringing education to the migrant community.

    Substantial grants also went to High Resolves, which runs innovative global citizenship and leadership programs in high schools, and Joiningthedots International (Victoria), which brings people together around the dinner table.

    Other grants went to community arts organisation Bluebird Foundation, Help Himalayan Youth Foundation, Somali Women Development Association, and Gateway Health.

    For the full list of successful applicants, visit

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