Funds available to build resilient and inclusive communities

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

 Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald encouraged local groups to apply for funding through the Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) grants round, which aims to help local organisations overcome disadvantage and build strong, safe and socially cohesive communities.

 “These grants recognise the important role that local communities play in fostering social cohesion, and strengthening national security, which is particularly important in regional and remote areas,” Senator Macdonald said.

 Funded projects can 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.

 Senator Macdonald said local groups can apply for SARC grants under two funding pools – Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants.

 “Through this grants round, community organisations can benefit from between $60,000 to nearly $500,000 in funding for each project they deliver up to 2021,” Senator Macdonald said.

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

 Applications for Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants are open until 23 August, 2017. For more information or to apply, go to the GrantConnect website at


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