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Funding opportunities for settlement services in Aston.



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CHRIS PEARCE MP Federal Member for Aston

Media Release

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SETTLEMENT SERVICES IN ASTON

Aston MP Chris Pearce today called on local not-for-profit organisations and councils to consider applying for funding under the Australian Government’s Community Settlement Services Scheme, which helps provide settlement services for refugees, special humanitarian program entrants, and migrants.

Mr Pearce said the Community Settlement Services Scheme was an important investment in assisting new arrivals to become confident and contributing members of the Australian community.

The Community Settlement Services Scheme funds projects that provide access to mainstream services, develop networks that engage mainstream service providers to deliver culturally appropriate services, and are self-sustaining beyond the period of the grant.

Priority is given to addressing the settlement needs of permanent residents that have arrived in the last five years as humanitarian entrants and family stream migrants with low English proficiency.

Communities requiring assistance to develop their capacity to organise, plan and advocate for services to meet their own needs and that are receiving significant numbers of new arrivals within the settlement services target group are also prioritised.

Last year, the Lao Australian Welfare Association in Forest Hill received over $91,000 under the Community Settlement Services Scheme.

More information, including application forms, is available online at www.immi.gov.au/grants or by phoning 1800 453 003. Applications close on Friday 5 December 2003.

13 November 2003

Contact: James Matheson (03) 9887 3890 or 0419 878 440

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