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Local community groups invited to apply for living in harmony funding.

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Monday, 23 May 2005

Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders, today alerted community groups to funding available under the Commonwealth Government’s Living in Harmony initiative and invited them to apply for a grant of $5,000 - $50,000.

Mr Hunt said, “The Commonwealth Government is committed to promoting community harmony in Australia and has allocated $3.5 million to the Living in Harmony initiative.

“The community grants round is a major element of this initiative, which encourages community organisations to work together to develop local solutions for local issues of racism and intolerance and to promote harmony locally,” Mr Hunt said.

“It is important that we can work together as a community to address these needs at the grass roots level. The Living in Harmony initiative celebrates our common ground and respect for the right of individuals to express their own culture and beliefs.

I encourage local groups to develop innovative ways to promote acceptance and inclusiveness in all areas of the community including youth, media, the arts and sport,” Mr Hunt said.

Since its inception in 1999, the Community Grants Program has funded 265 projects across the country at a total value of more than $10 million. These projects lay the foundation for long lasting community harmony and create a philosophy of acceptance and inclusiveness.

Expressions of Interest for grants will be accepted from incorporated, not-for-profit community organisations and also from schools. They must be lodged by Friday 3 June, 2005.

Application kits and further information may be obtained by contacting 1800 78 2002 or by visiting the website at

Mr Hunt said, “Individuals, families, communities, governments and businesses, have a part to play in a society that works well.

Our local community is in the best position to recognise local problems and develop locally relevant solutions and I hope that local organisations grasp this opportunity to seek funds,” Mr Hunt said.