Multicultural Interests and Citizenship Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today announced funding for five innovative community projects as part of the State Government’s Inclusion and Integration Grants Program (IIGP).
The program is designed to build community capacity, and promote integration and active participation by all members of Western Australia’s diverse community.
The IIGP is a joint initiative between the State and Federal Government, who are working to foster understanding, mutual respect and social cohesion amongst diverse communities.
Funding for the projects, totalling $95,000, will enable worthwhile community initiatives in metropolitan and regional WA to be undertaken by a range of non-government organisations including The Edmund Rice Centre, Community First Inc, Learning Centre Link, Bunbury Community and Childcare Association (Milligan House) Inc and Community Vision Inc.
“The excellent initiatives funded in the second round of the IIGP range from an intergenerational, intercultural oral history project in Joondalup, a Multicultural Festival and inter-cultural and inter-faith discussion in Bunbury, to the ‘Bilyidar Celebrating Diversity’ project, which will bring together young people, aged between 15-21 years, from Filipino, Sudanese and Noongar communities in the local government areas of Mandurah, Murray and Waroona,” Ms Ravlich said.
“These new initiatives have the potential to meet an important need for individuals and the community.
“Projects funded as part of the initiative will help people, particularly those from new and emerging communities, overcome barriers or other difficulties that they are facing in participating and being active members of our society.
“I am confident that all the projects will promote integration, inclusion and interaction between culturally and linguistically diverse communities and the broader community.”
The IIGP Grants Program has facilitated the development of innovative, grass roots solutions to complex community issues affecting marginalised communities, while promoting active participation and inclusion by members of the community in social, economic and political aspects of life.
The IIGP has been highly successful in producing a range of innovative, sustainable, best practice projects that demonstrate models for community collaboration in improving integration and addressing social issues within cultural, linguistic and religious groups.
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