Building Capacity In Multicultural Communities

16 October 2018

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening multicultural organisations to better engage and support their communities through the Capacity Building and Participation grants program.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott today announced more $7.1 million over two years for 303 projects supporting organisations including multicultural, seniors, faith-based groups and community language schools.

The funding will support multicultural communities to address issues like family violence, develop a stronger sense of belonging and make an active contribution to our state.

Applications were considered by an independent panel including representatives of the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Successful projects include:

  • Strengthening Social Cohesion – a youth-led project in new communities, delivering education, awareness and adaptive leadership training, allowing youth to be the agent of change in their families
  • Benevolence Australia, Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Board of Imams Victoria, Nhill Neighbourhood House, Western Community Legal Centre and Vietnamese Community in Australia/Victoria Chapter – increasing capacity to better engage with the broader community
  • Train the Trainer – an initiative that engages community leaders to provide 'train the trainer' workshops and collaboratively deliver important family violence prevention messages
  • Strengthen Family Relationships – a project that works with CALD communities, local services, pastors and community leaders among refugee communities to strengthen family relationships
  • Building social and cultural connections, community partnership, leadership and business development skills, and increasing knowledge and access to services for the Karen community in regional Victoria
  • Teaching literacy, numeracy and life skills for newly arrived refugee and asylum seeker women.

The program’s Prevention of Family Violence stream specifically builds the capacity of multicultural and faith-based communities to tailor initiatives that support Free from Violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women, and the government’s broader family violence reforms.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

“This funding will strengthen diverse communities across Victoria – helping them address important issues and develop a greater sense of belonging.”

“By building the capacity of multicultural and faith-based communities, we are building a Victoria where everyone belongs, feels accepted and can freely participate and contribute.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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