New grants program to strengthen migrant integration

Community groups will be able to help migrants better integrate into Australian life with funding from a new grants program.

The Turnbull Government will introduce a new $5 million grants program for measures that support social cohesion and integration of migrants into the Australian community.

The Coalition’s 2018-19 Budget establishes the Fostering Integration Grants program to help local groups to assist migrants to integrate into the Australian community.

The grants program will support the delivery of one-off projects and new or expanded initiatives that encourage economic and social participation of new arrivals, including activities that promote employment and participation in the broader community.

Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said the program reaffirms the Government’s commitment Australia’s unique form of multiculturalism.

“The key to the success of multiculturalism in Australia is our strong emphasis on integration,” Mr Tudge said.

“We want to ensure that new migrants share our Australian values, contribute to our economic prosperity and participate fully in our society.

“We want migrants to succeed and to make the most of the opportunities that this great nation has to offer, just as previous generations have done.

“These grants will help local community groups to deliver programs and activities that give migrants the best chance of succeeding – assisting them to integrate into Australian economic, social and civil life, while promoting Australian values.”

Applications for the grants will open in the second half of 2018 and will be advertised on GrantConnect, the Government’s grant information system:https://www.grants.gov.au/

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