Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras has announced more than $500,000 in community infrastructure grants to support 13 multicultural community organisations across Victoria.
The community organisations will receive support for redevelopment and refurbishment works to community-owned facilities through the 2012-13 Small Capital Infrastructure Grants category of the Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund.
The community organisations will receive support for redevelopment and refurbishment works to community-owned facilities through the 2012-13 Small Capital Infrastructure Grants category of the Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund.“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to working with community organisations to preserve our unique multicultural legacy, and to develop and enhance community infrastructure,” Mr Kotsiras said.
“These grants will provide significant support to our State’s culturally and linguistically diverse community organisations, and strengthen their capacity to offer important social services and cultural activities to their members.”
Mr Kotsiras said community organisations provide invaluable support to culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians.
“These organisations, clubs and associations are the lifeblood of our multicultural community. They represent, unite and support their members, and contribute enormously to a strong, cohesive and engaged multicultural Victoria,” Mr Kotsiras said.
Some of the successful community organisations for the 2012-13 Small Capital Infrastructure Grants include:
- Pallaconian Brotherhood “Leonidas” that will receive $20,000 to replace old and defective heating and cooling systems;
- Eastern Districts Polish Association that will receive $60,000 towards the construction of a new car park;
- Shree Ram Bhakt Ramayan Mandali Association of Victoria that will receive $30,000 for the installation of a kitchen and dining facilities;
- Hamerkaz Shelanu that will receive $40,000 towards fitting out its upgraded kitchen; and
- Russian House Cultural Advancement Society that will receive $37,500 to refurbish its kitchen.
“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting community organisations to continue the important grassroots work they do.”
The Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund is a $12 million investment by the Coalition Government over four years to enhance cultural precincts and community facilities in Victoria, and secure the longevity of Victoria’s important community assets.
Including the 2012-13 grants round, more than $6.1 million has been awarded since 2010 through the fund.