Joint Media Release with Minister for Immigration, Citizenship And Multicultural Affairs The Hon David Coleman MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Community organisations in Central Australia have received a combined $55,272 funding boost to help migrants fully participate in the Australian community, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, announced.
The Fostering Integration Grants program provides up to $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help migrants better integrate into Australian life and support initiatives for social cohesion, such as promoting employment and community participation.
Senator Scullion said the Government is committed to working closely with organisation in communities across Australia to provide valuable services and activities that foster social cohesion and create a stronger Australia.
“These grants will continue to support and encourage the economic and social participation of migrants into our Territory community,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia will receive $44,302 to build cohesion and prosperity in Central Australia.”
The grant will be used to employ a Project Officer to coordinate an Integration Program for one year to assist migrants, including refugees, to integrate easier while settling into the community, with information sessions and workshops on issues such as our system of government and society guidelines as part of a comprehensive education program.
Ms Price said the Gap Youth and Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation would use an investment of $10,970 for the Fete of the World event, with the main aim to allow Aboriginal children exposure to different cultures.
“Events such as this support migrants to develop social links with their new community here in central Australia,” Ms Price said.
Gap Youth and Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation CEO Michelle Krauer said, “The Fostering Integration grant is a fabulous opportunity to invite those from all cultural backgrounds into our facility, to share in an exchange of cultures, to open our space to the entire community and to celebrate the diversity of our town.”
Across the country, the Government is providing $9.3 million to organisations working at the grassroots level to assist migrants.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the funding organisations receive through the Fostering Integration Grants program will enhance the important work they do at the local level and ensure Australia continues to be the most successful migrant nation in the world.
“Local community organisations have an important role to play in creating social cohesion and ensuring the unity, prosperity, and security of our nation,” Mr Coleman said.
“The Fostering Integration Grants program is about supporting organisations that work at the grassroots level in their community and have a strong understanding of the challenges facing migrants.
“The grants will encourage economic and social integration and help migrants, particularly young people, women and those in regional areas access the workforce and participate more in the community.”