Building Resilience To Keep Our Communities Safe

08 April 2016

Community organisations can now apply for funding to develop projects that support the most vulnerable members of their community and reduce the threat of violent extremism.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott today announced $600,000 as part of the Community Resilience Grants to help inform and protect our youth against any form of extremism.

The grants will focus on prevention and early intervention, identifying the causes of violent extremism and finding the most effective ways to protect individuals from propaganda.

Successful projects will include:

  • strengthening cyber safety knowledge and helping communities and families respond to negative online influences
  • forums and workshops to help reconnect with disengaged youth
  • community and youth-led initiatives which create a sense of belonging and offer alternatives to violent extremist narratives

Grants are now open for applications between $20,000 and $100,000, with projects to be delivered within twelve months.

Applications close at midnight 15 May 2016. Grant information, including guidelines and access to the online application form can be found at: Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

“We’re working with the community to educate and support those most at risk from being targeted by extremism.”

“Having listened to many community voices, there is a desire to talk and engage critically with these challenges – so our grants will be community-led to give organisations across Victoria the chance to be heard.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos

“We must ensure that every young Victorian is safe and has the right support systems in place to prosper.”

“These grants are about encouraging young people to speak up and to raise any concerns they have in a positive, constructive way.”

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