The Liberal-National Government is further supporting multicultural communities in Canberra, by providing $110,000 in funding for community organisations across the Territory.

The latest round of the Morrison Government’s Fostering Integration Grants supports grassroots organisations that are helping migrant communities to be more resilient in times of crisis, encouraging community participation and breaking down cultural and language barriers.

The Diverse Communities Council of the ACT is receiving $50,000 for their mentoring programs, MARSS Australia is receiving $30,000 for their sustainable and affordable living program, and the Gungahlin Mosque Islamic School is also receiving $30,000 for sport scholarship, developing leadership capability and reducing Islamophobia.

Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said now, more than ever, was a time to support initiatives that unite Australians.

“As we have seen during the bushfires and now the COVID-19 pandemic, being part of a strong, welcoming community is so important for all of us, particularly migrants,” Mr Tudge said.

“We want all Australians to be able to participate in our society, know their community and work together to make our nation stronger.

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, said Canberra has a proud and vibrant multicultural community.

“Canberra is enriched by our multicultural community, and it is wonderful to see so many organisations successful in the Fostering Integration Grants program.”

“Moving to a new city, let alone a new county, can be daunting and difficult, but we want to see all those who choose to call Canberra home welcomed to the city and have the best opportunities, and these fostering integration grants aim to do just that.”

“When my parents moved from Croatia, being able to head down to the Croatia Deakin Football Club brought a sense of home and community, and I hope all immigrants to our great city get the same opportunities and proudly call Australia home,” Senator Seselja said.

The funding is being directed to projects that can comply with, or can be adapted to comply with COVID-19 social restrictions.

The program builds on the Government’s $71 million package of social cohesion initiatives.

It also adds to the Government’s support for multicultural communities during the pandemic, with key advice being translated into 63 languages and ongoing engagement through virtual round tables and briefings.