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Victorian Government announces funding boost for multicultural infrastructure

Victorian Government announces funding boost for multicultural infrastructure

Victoria’s Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ingrid Stitt has announced the state will invest more than $16 million to continue supporting community organisations through the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund.

Organisations and community groups can apply for grants of up to $400,000 to build or upgrade facilities, as well as Multicultural Museums feasibility study funding for research to establish multicultural museums.

Dedicated funds are also available for Victoria’s Chinese, Greek, Indian, Italian, Islamic and Lebanese communities.

Minister Stitt said the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund is helping more Victorians to provide safe and modern facilities.

“This flagship grant program continues to reflect our support and investment in the future of multicultural community infrastructure and strengthens the communities that contribute so much to our state,” said Minister Stitt.

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Projects already funded under the program include the Australian Multicultural Community Services, which received $500,000 in 2022 to refurbish its hub for multicultural and migrant communities. The Korean Society of Victoria in Oakleigh, the Samadhi Buddhist Meditation Centre in Campbellfield and the Ballarat Croatian Community Centre also received funding to upgrade community halls.

Applications from regional Victoria will be prioritised as will groups who support multicultural women, gender diverse Victorians, and new and emerging communities.

Since 2014, the Victorian Government has invested more than $52 million to deliver 386 multicultural community infrastructure projects.

Applications for Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund grants close Wednesday, 6 December 2023.

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