The Andrews Labor Government today announced $500,000 in grants to help support research projects which explore multiculturalism, community resilience and polarisation, marginalisation and violent extremism.
Now in its second year, the Social Cohesion Research Grants Program is open to Victorian applicants for funding of up to $150,000 over two years.
Research from the selected projects will help the Government to address gaps in knowledge, identify ways to strengthen community resilience, and prevent the growth of racist or religious extremism in our community.
In 2015, the Research Grants Program funded seven diverse projects covering a range of topics including transnational news, multiculturalism, and interviewing families of young people who have joined overseas conflict. Outcomes from these projects are expected in mid-2017.
Applicants to the 2016 program must be a member of the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC) to be eligible to apply. Applicants can apply to be a member of RIOSC during the application process.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott
“Projects like these play an incredibly important role in helping us determine what we can do to build our knowledge and address complex issues like violent extremism.”
“Victoria is proud to be culturally diverse, and we all need to work together to create a sense of belonging for everyone in our community.”
Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino
“These are complicated issues and the grants will create new research to address knowledge gaps and build collaborative solutions.”
“We need to build a strong evidence base to help us respond to the challenges in our society that contribute to people feeling marginalised and turning to violent extremism.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020