Funding Available for Local Multicultural Economic Development

30/01/2014

Multicultural groups and local council in Moreton Bay Region have the chance to secure Queensland Government funding for projects which promote economic opportunities for people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, said applications for grants up to $40,000 under the Economic Participation Grants Program will open from next Wednesday, 5th February.

"The grants will be directed towards projects which support economic independence and participation as well as business development for migrants and refugees," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"The program is structured to encourage councils throughout Queensland to work with local multicultural groups to develop programs which address specific local needs and opportunities."

"The $40,000 grant will be available to local government authorities which must contribute at least $20,000, making a total of $60,000 for the local initiative.

"Grants of $20,000 will be available to local multicultural groups which don't have a partnership agreement with a local council."

Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said the purpose of this program is to provide the opportunity for local organisations to come up with local solutions to break down barriers preventing overseas-born Queenslanders participating fully in the state's economy.

"People from non-English speaking backgrounds often struggle to find employment or participate in business."

"The grants are part of a $250,000 funding pool available statewide, which will be boosted by local government contributions where they are involved."

Grant applications will close on Friday, 14 March.

Information about the program and application forms will be available from Wednesday, 5 February on the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs website at: www.datsima.qld.gov.au/culturaldiversity