The State Government is offering more than $6 million in grants to support and boost participation among culturally diverse groups across Victoria.
The Capacity Building and Participation Grants Program (CBP) will boost participation, inclusion and contribution of priority groups, including regional communities, refugees and asylum seekers, young people, women and seniors.
The CBP funds new and existing initiatives in culturally diverse and faith-based communities that seek to:
reduce family violence and all forms of violence against women
empower Victorians of African and Pacific Island backgrounds, particularly young people, to lead projects of change
remove social and economic barriers by better connecting communities with mainstream services
strengthen the capacity of local organisations to better engage and support the people they represent
remove social and economic barriers for young people
Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, encourages community groups and organisations to apply for a grant under this program.
Small Grants of up to $5,000 per year for one or two years are provided to strengthen the organisational capacity of small multicultural organisations, including multicultural seniors and community language schools.
Medium Grants up to $75,000 per year for one or two years are also available to support community capacity building projects which benefit multicultural and faith-based communities.
The CBP will be administered by the Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, in partnership with the Victorian Multicultural Commission.
The 2018-19 funding round will be open until 4 June 2018, for projects commencing in the 2018-19 financial year.
For more information, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au/grants.