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Funding to build stronger communities



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Senator Kate Lundy Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship

Funding to build stronger communities Thursday, 23 December 2010

The Australian Government will provide grants of up to $50 000 under the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program for communities to build stronger community connections, the Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Kate Lundy, announced today.

'From today, community organisations can apply for funding of up to $50 000 to develop projects that aim to address issues of cultural, racial or religious intolerance or to develop community capacity-building skills,' Senator Lundy said.

'The government believes that strong social cohesion is best achieved by bringing all Australians together and creating connections across the community.

'Projects can use a wide range of avenues such as sports, theatre and leadership programs to address issues that affect their communities.

'The projects must provide an opportunity for participation and interaction by different members of the community.

'These interactions can lead to further awareness and understanding and have the potential to create a sense of belonging for all community members.

'Funding is available through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program which is flexible and responsive to the issues faced by Australian communities.'

Funding will be open to groups such as school communities, non-profit organisations, service clubs, faith groups, sporting bodies, community organisations, youth organisations and local government authorities. Universities and colleges of education are also eligible to apply.

Applications should be lodged with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) by 31 January 2011 to be considered for the first round of offers. A second round of applications closes on 31 March 2011.

'I encourage eligible community organisations across Australia to apply for the funding and to develop their own unique ways of promoting participation and helping their community build stronger relations,' Senator Lundy said.

For further information visit the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program website or contact the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program hotline. See: Diversity and Social Cohesion Program Telephone: 1800 782 002

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URL: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/parlsec/media/kl/2010/kl156899.htm Last update: Thursday, 23 December 2010 at 16:26 AEST