Multicultural groups and not-for-profit organisations in the ACT are encouraged to apply for the Fostering Integration Grant Program, with application for the 2019-20 program now open.

The Liberal National Government is providing $2.3 million for community organisations to support the integration of migrants into Australian social, economic and civil life.

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, said the grants will enhance the important work they do at the local level, recognising that safe communities are built on strong communities.

“I know from my family’s experience, local community organisations have an important role to play in in helping migrants become more involved in their communities, and create opportunities to access work that otherwise may have been more difficult.”

“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.”

“I would encourage eligible organisations to apply for grants of up to $60,000 over up to 12 months for activities helping their communities before the closing date on 5 November 2019,” Senator Seselja said.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrants Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said this round of grants will fund activities that celebrate and recognise Australia’s multicultural communities, increase cultural awareness and help build more socially cohesive communities.

“The program has been refined to optimise opportunities for smaller, grassroots organisations. There is also a focus on key cultural events, which raise awareness of Australia’s multicultural diversity and promote a sense of belonging by bringing people together,” Mr Coleman said.

“Activities funded may include cultural events or festivals, programs that help migrants undertake valuable work experience in order to succeed in the workforce, or opportunities to practice English in their local community.

For more information and to apply for the Fostering Integration Grant Program, visit the Community Grants Hub website at