Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott, Seven Hills Liberal Candidate Mark Taylor and Blacktown Liberal Candidate Raman Bhalla today announced that six local multicultural organisations have been awarded NSW Government Celebration Grants totalling $12,000 for initiatives which will promote social cohesion and bring people from culturally diverse communities together in the Hills.
Mr Elliott said Holroyd City Council, Karabi Community and Development Services, the United Indian Association, Blacktown City Council, the South Sudanese Australians Initiative For Development in South Sudan Africa and the Western Sydney Multicultural Football Association were among 50 community organisations across the State to be awarded Celebration Grants under the Multicultural NSW program which supports multicultural festivals and initiatives.
“I congratulate Holroyd City Council, Karabi Community and Development Services, the United Indian Association, Blacktown City Council, the South Sudanese Australians Initiative For Development in South Sudan Africa and the Western Sydney Multicultural Football Association on being awarded their grants which will support them in promoting community harmony,” Mr Elliott said.
Mr Taylor said the NSW Government had awarded $105,900 in the current round, and organisations in the Hills would be able to apply for next round of Celebration Grants (up to $5,000) when they open at the end of the month.
“The Baird Government is pleased to support initiatives which promote cultural diversity as well as the shared values which unite us as Australians,” Mr Taylor said.
Mr Bhalla said the quality of applications ensured the community would stand to gain great benefits from the projects.
“We’ve been able to fund some excellent initiatives in this grants round, and it’s great to see these projects receive support,” Mr Bhalla said.
Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello said Celebration Grants were part of the new $1.6 million Multicultural NSW grants program.
“Under the NSW Government’s Harmony in Action plan we’ve committed to supporting activities which seek to combat racism, empower multicultural women and girls and encourage intercultural engagement between young people through sport,” Mr Dominello said.
“In this round of Celebration Grants we’ve been able to fund a number of innovative projects aimed at addressing these issues.
“We’ve also made it easier for community organisations to apply with simplified guidelines, clearer grant categories and less paperwork required.
“In February we will also open applications for Supports Grants with funding up to $10,000 for initiatives which build the capacity of multicultural communities.”
Details about applying for Multicultural NSW grants are available on the website: www.multicultural.nsw.gov.au.