$65 million to help local organisations strengthen community cohesion

13 Jul 2017 - 09:00

Youths from culturally diverse backgrounds sitting on the floor.

Community organisations are set to benefit from more than $65 million in funding to help build inclusive and resilient communities.

In announcing the opening of the Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) grants activity today, Minister for Social Services Christian Porter said social cohesion is vital to healthy communities and national security.

This funding will enable community organisations to drive projects that build people’s capacity to engage in community life and improve their chances of getting a job.

Organisations will be able to tap into around $45 million of SARC funding to support their community over a three year period. 

Funded projects may include:

  • cultural or sporting activities that bring people of different cultures or faiths together;
  • the development of online platforms for marginalised youth to challenge ideas; and concepts online and create forums to counter negativity and feelings of isolation.

Minister Porter said this is an important grassroots approach to bring people in from the margins, establish community harmony and help strengthen national security.

Organisations can apply for SARC grants under two funding pools – Inclusive Communities grants and Community Resilience grants. Through this grants round, community organisations can benefit from up to $500,000 in funding for each project they deliver up to 2021.

The Government is also providing $19.95 million to fund Volunteer Management Activity until 2021.

Applications for Inclusive Communities grants and Community Resilience grants are open until 2pm AEST on 23 August 2017.

For more information or to apply for a grant, go to the GrantConnect website.

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