Community organisations in the Northern Territory can now apply for a share of $45.25 million in Coalition Government funding for projects to help build inclusive and resilient communities.
The Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, recently opened the Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) grants round. He said the grants would help local organisations overcome disadvantage and build strong, safe, socially cohesive communities.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, encouraged local organisations to apply for funding for projects to build people’s skills and capacity to actively engage in their community and improve their chances of getting a job.
“The Government’s investment in these grants recognises the import role local communities play in fostering social cohesion and helping strengthen national security,” Senator Scullion said.
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 youths, and training and volunteering opportunities for humanitarian entrants or newly-arrived migrants.
Minister Porter said the Government was 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,” Minister Porter said.
Senator Scullion said local organisations could apply for SARC grants under two funding pools – Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants.
“Through this grants round, community organisations can benefit from $60,000 up to nearly $500,000 in funding for each project they deliver up to 2021,” Senator Scullion said.
Applications for Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants are open until 23 August 2017.
For more information or to apply for a SARC grant, go to the GrantConnect website at www.grants.gov.au.