Ross Vasta Federal Member for Bonner says not-for-profit organisations in the area can now apply for $5 million worth of grants to help migrants better integrate into Australian life.
The Commonwealth Government’s Fostering Integration Grant Program will support the delivery of one-off projects and new or expanded initiatives that encourage economic and social participation of new arrivals, including activities that promote employment and participation in the broader community.
Ross Vasta said the grants will help not-for-profit organisations deliver programs and activities that give migrants the best chance of succeeding in Australia.
“One of the things that make us uniquely Australian is the support we provide to one another. Our comradery and desire to ‘help our mates’ is something I see demonstrated by community groups and organisations not only in my electorate of Bonner but right across Australia.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the Government’s grants acknowledge the important role of community and not for profit groups.
“Activities may include anything from helping migrants to undertake valuable work experience in order to succeed in the workforce or opportunities to practice English in their local community to helping migrants better understand Australian values and civics.”
Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 for activities lasting up to 12 months. Applications close on 9 November 2018.
For more information and to apply for the Fostering Integration Grant Program,