Fostering Integration Grants – A Plan To Help Migrants Succeed

Fostering Integration Grants – A Plan To Help Migrants Succeed

On September 18th 2018, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon David Coleman MP, announced the introduction of the Commonwealth Government’s $5 million Fostering Integration Grant Program.

Already available, the grant program is aimed towards supporting the delivery of one-off projects, together with new or expanded initiatives which encourage the economic and social participation of new arrivals, including activities that promote employment and/or participation in the broader Australian community.

Specific objectives

In Mr Coleman’s words; “integration and social cohesion are critical to Australia’s success – ensuring new arrivals share Australian values, contribute to its economic prosperity and participate fully in Australian society.”

The grants, ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, are intended to help not-for-profit organisations to deliver programs and activities which assist migrants and offer them the best possible chance of succeeding in Australia; of integrating into its economic, social and civic life.

It is envisaged that an “integrated and cohesive multicultural Australia” will include migrants who;

  • Have the capacity to communicate in English, the national language of Australia
  • Actively participate in Australian society through work, school, sport or other various community activities
  • Embrace Australian values and abide by Australian laws
  • Are gainfully employed
  • Are resilient in times of crisis
  • Have social networks which cross ethnic and religious groups
  • Are welcomed and supported by the broader Australia community.

Not-for-profit organisations may apply immediately but grant applications will close on November 9th 2018. Further information is available via the Community Grants Hub website www.communitygrants.gov.au or through your professional migration specialist.

When in doubt, discuss with a recognised expert

In the complex world of immigration law, nothing is simple. It really does pay dividends therefore, to obtain professional assistance; skilled practitioners who are specialised in the field, comprehensively trained to recognise the traps and the trends.

By ensuring accuracy and avenues of recourse, professional guidance can save considerable time, avoid unnecessary expense and often, avert the possibility of future disappointment.

For more information on this or on any relating issues, contact the migration experts – Sellanes Clark and Associates – specialising in all immigration matters.

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