The NSW Government today announced details of the new $1.6 million Multicultural NSW Grants Program, with funding available for initiatives which promote cultural harmony and social cohesion.
Member for Goulburn Pru Goward encouraged local organisations to apply for funding under the new program which is comprised of Unity, Celebration, Support and Partnership Grants.
“Under the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government funding for multicultural community initiatives, programs and events has increased by $400,000 since 2011,” Ms Goward said.
“The priority areas for the grants program reflect the vision set out in the Community Relations Commission’s new strategic plan, Harmony in Action, under which the organisation will become known as Multicultural NSW.
“The two grants categories opening today, Unity and Celebration, are available to support initiatives in the electorate which both celebrate our rich cultural diversity and promote the values which are common to us all as Australians.
“Unity grants have a particular focus on things which unite us, for example initiatives which promote volunteering; honour those who have served in defence of our freedoms; or foster greater understanding of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
“The grants will also be used to support activities which combat racism; empower multicultural women and girls; and encourage intercultural engagement between young people through sport,” Ms Goward said.
The Program comprises:
- Unity Grants of up to $30,000 for cross cultural community engagement projects;
- Celebration Grants of up to $5,000 for events and festivals that celebrate cultural diversity
- Support Grants of up to $10,000 that support individuals and communities to fully participate in community life and build community capacity and;
- Partnership Grants of up to $150,000 are available for significant projects that will have a real impact on outcomes for NSW in the long term.
Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello said, “The new grants program will make it easier for community organisations to apply with simplified guidelines, clearer grant categories and less paperwork required.”
Applications for 2014/15 Unity and Celebration Grants open today and information can be found on the CRC/Multicultural NSW website www.crc.nsw.gov.au. They close on Friday 31 October.
Partnership Grants applications will open in November and Support Grants in March 2015
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