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Multicultural affairs

Learn how we continue to sustain our national unity in cultural diversity

Fostering Integration Grants

The Australian Government acknowledges the important role that grassroots and community organisations play in building social cohesion in Australia.

The Fostering Integration Grants Scheme is helping local community organisations to deliver programs and activities that give migrants the best chance of succeeding – assisting them to integrate into Australian economic, social and civil life, while promoting Australian values.

The Government is committed to a multicultural Australia. Integration is critical to our success as a culturally diverse nation, building cohesive and more resilient communities.

An integrated and cohesive multicultural Australia includes 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 community activities
  • embrace Australian values and abide by Australian laws
  • are gainfully employed
  • have social networks that cross ethnic and religious groups
  • are welcomed and supported by the broader Australian community

The primary groups targeted by the program include newly-arrived migrants and emerging ethnic communities, with a particular focus on women and young people. However, the activities can include all Australian citizens and residents who contribute to maintaining social cohesion and defining our national identity.

In 2018-19 over 200 organisations received grants.

Fostering Integration Grants 2019

The Australian Government announced $2.3 million for the 2019 Fostering Integration Grants program. Grants of between $5,000 and $60,000 are available across Australia.

Applications for the round closed on 5 November 2019. Successful projects are expected to commence in April 2020 and be completed before 30 June 2021.

More Information

Visit GrantConnect or the Community Grants Hub website.