On 18 September 2018 the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon David Coleman MP announced the opening of the Fostering Integration Grants.
The Fostering Integration Grants will help local community organisations to deliver programs and activities that give migrants the best chance of succeeding – assisting them to integrate into Australian economic, social and civil life, while promoting Australian values.
The Government is committed to a multicultural Australia. Integration is critical to our success as a cultural diverse nation, building cohesive and more resilient communities.
An integrated and cohesive multicultural Australia includes migrants who:
- have the capacity to communicate in English, the national language of Australia
- actively participate in Australian society through work, school, sport or other community activities
- embrace Australian values and abide by Australian laws
- are gainfully employed
- are resilient in times of crisis
- have social networks that cross ethnic and religious groups
- are welcomed and supported by the broader Australian community.
The grants will be for programs, activities and events that work with newly arrived migrants, first and second generation migrants and communities showing early signs of, or potential for integration challenges and/or cultural intolerance. Grants of between AUD10,000 and AUD50,000 are available across Australia.
The Department of Home Affairs encourages interested organisations who are working with a community that would benefit from assistance with integrating to put forward your ideas for projects. The Department will be accepting applications between 18 September to 9 November 2018.
To apply, or find out more information on the Fostering Integration Grants, visitGrantConnect, the Government’s grant information system: www.grants.gov.au.