Bonner Community Groups can now apply for a share of $45.25 million in Australian Government funding for projects to help build inclusive and resilient communities.
The Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter opened the Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) grants round on 13 July. He said the grants will help local organisations overcome disadvantage and build strong, safe, socially cohesive communities.
Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta encouraged local organisations to apply for funding which will enable community groups to build people’s skills and capacity to actively engage in their community and improve their chances of getting a job.
Mr Vasta said “the Government’s investment in these grants recognises the important role local community groups play in bringing people together and enacting positive change within a community.”
Funded projects may include cultural, educational or sporting activities that bring people of different cultures or faiths together; the development of online platforms for marginalised youth, and training and volunteering opportunities for humanitarian entrants or newly arrived migrants.
Mr Vasta said the Government is also providing an additional $19.95 million to fund Volunteer Management Activity until 2021. This funding will support volunteer organisations to encourage and increase volunteering in communities across Australia.
“Well integrated and cohesive communities are underpinned by high-levels of volunteering and community participation.”
“Through these grants, community organisations can benefit from $60,000 to nearly $500,000 in funding for each project they deliver up to 2021,” Mr Vasta said.
Local organisations can apply for SARC grants under two funding pools – Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants.
Applications for the grants are now open until 23 August 2017. For more information or to apply for an SARC grant, go to the GrantConnect website at www.grants.gov.au.