Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras today announced the opening of the 2012 funding round of the Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund (CPCIF).
The investment by the Victorian Government of $12 million over four years (2010-2014) will enhance cultural precincts and community facilities across Victoria and secure the longevity of Victoria's significant community assets.
Small and major capital infrastructure grants will be available to culturally and linguistically diverse community organisations for the restoration or construction of community-owned facilities.
The grants are also available to local councils across Victoria who partner with community organisations to enhance cultural precincts
"Projects supported through these grants will maintain and enhance the physical expression of Victoria's cultural assets," Mr Kotsiras said.
"The Fund aims at promoting Victoria's community assets for the benefit of all Victorians."
Mr Kotsiras said the Victorian Government recognised and supported the multicultural heritage of citizens who have helped build Victoria and Australia.
"These community institutions, associations, clubs, meeting halls and cultural centres are signposts that reflect our culturally diverse yet unified and cohesive society," Mr Kotsiras said.
"These are important community focal points guiding the way for Victorians to interact and involve themselves with our multicultural society."
To date nearly $6 million has been granted to community organisations and local councils for capital infrastructure projects across Victoria.
For more information about grants programs offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship go to www.multicultural.vic.gov.au