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New grants program to assist migrants to settle in Australia.

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Media Release 17 October 2005

NEW GRANTS PROGRAM TO ASSIST MIGRANTS TO SETTLE IN AUSTRALIA The Nationals Member for Riverina Kay Hull today announced a new grants program to provide services to help migrants settle in Australia.

Mrs Hull said the Settlement Grants Program (SGP) combines the funding previously provided to Migrant Resource Centres and Migrant Resource Agencies and to organisations funded under the Community Settlement Services Scheme.

“The aim of the Settlement Grants Program is to deliver services which assist migrants and communities to become self-reliant and participate in Australian society as soon as possible after arrival,” Mrs Hull said.

“Under the SGP, a total of $31 million is available for grants in 2006-07. Of this, approximately $20million is available for new projects, while the remaining $11 million is for ongoing grant commitments.”

To be eligible for funding, an organisation must be a not-for-profit incorporated community organisation, a local government organisation currently funded to deliver services under the Adult Migrant English Program, or in rural and regional areas a government service delivery organisation.

Grants will be available for one, two or three years, with services starting on 1 July 2006.

Applications close on Friday 25 November 2005. Information on the SCP and how to apply for funding is available on the department’s website at or by calling 1800 453 004.


For further information contact Katie Brunskill on 02 6921 4600.