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LLEW O'BRIEN MP

Federal Member for Wide Bay

Working for Wide Bay

13/07/2017

$45.25 million to strengthen community harmony

Community organisations in Wide Bay can now apply for a share of $45.25 million in Australian Government funding for projects to help build inclusive and resilient communities.

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today encouraged local organisations to apply for Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) grants, which will enable community groups to build people’s skills and capacity to actively engage in their community and improve their chances of getting a job.

“The grants will help local organisations overcome disadvantage and build strong, safe, socially cohesive communities,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Coalition Government’s investment in these grants recognises the import role local communities play in fostering social cohesion and strengthening national security.”

Projects may include cultural, educational or sporting activities that bring people of different cultures or faiths together; the development of online platforms for marginalised youth, and training and volunteering opportunities for humanitarian entrants or newly arrived migrants.

Minister Porter said the Coalition Government is also providing an additional $19.95 million to fund Volunteer Management Activity until 2021. This funding will support volunteer organisations to encourage and increase volunteering in communities across Australia.

“Well integrated and cohesive communities are underpinned by high-levels of volunteering and community participation,” Minister Porter said.

Local organisations can apply for SARC grants under two funding pools – Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants.

“Community organisations can benefit from $60,000 to nearly $500,000 in funding for each project they deliver up to 2021,” Mr O’Brien said.

Applications for Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants are open until 23 August 2017.

For more information or to apply for a SARC grant, go to the GrantConnect website at www.grants.gov.au.