Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Grants program to encourage 'grass-roots' solutions to social and structural issues

    26/06/2006 9:02 PM
     
    26/6/06

    Community-based and non-Government organisations are being encouraged to apply for one-off funding under the new inclusion and integration grants program.

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae, announcing the new program today, said it was designed to address racism, marginalisation and alienation of religious and ethnic minorities, particularly those from new and emerging communities.

    ‘People from diverse backgrounds have made significant contributions, both to the economic development of our State and to shaping the political, social, religious and cultural life of our community,” Mr McRae said.

    “There are extraordinary people with wonderful skills, who are capable and willing to take ownership of these types of initiatives and manage them to the benefit of community groups.

    “This program will support community organisations in developing initiatives or building on existing ones which promote integration, inclusion and active participation of minority groups in all walks of life.”

    The grants program will support projects which involve partnerships and collaboration between community organisations and the non-Government sector.

    The Minister said grants available included:
    • between $10,000 and $20,000 to support programs which encouraged participation in sporting, social and other community activities, or increased awareness and understanding between service providers and minority communities;
    • between $10,000 and $20,000 to promote interaction and communication between minority ethnic and religious groups and those in the broader community; and
    • between $5,000 and $15,000 for programs promoting interaction between youth from minorities and from the broader community.
    A strong emphasis would be placed on innovative projects for young people and those designed to remove structural and other barriers to participation, particularly by new and emerging communities.

    Mr McRae said the grants program was one of the key initiatives of the Western Australian National Action Plan to address marginalisation and alienation of religious and ethnic minority groups.

    The grants program would be administered by the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI). Application guidelines and forms were available from OMI on telephone 9222 8800 or from the OMI Website at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office: (08) 9213 7150