Up to $50,000 is available from the Fostering Integration Grants to help local groups to assist migrants to integrate into Australian economic, social and civil life.

Fostering Integration Grants

Fostering Integration Grants

The Fostering Integration Grants Program supports migrants to integrate into Australia by:

  • encouraging the social and economic participation of migrants by developing skills and cultural competencies to integrate into Australian social, economic and civil life, and build community resilience
  • promoting and encouraging the uptake of Australian values and liberal democracy and amplifying the value of Australian citizenship
  • addressing issues within Australian communities that show potential for, or early signs of, low social integration
  • promoting a greater understanding and tolerance of racial, religious and cultural diversity.



The 2018-19 Budget establishes the Fostering Integration Grants Program to help local groups to assist migrants to integrate into Australian economic, social and civil life.

The program will run in 2018-19 to 2019-20 and will help to implement the Government’s multicultural statement, Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful. A copy of this statement is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

The program is being provided by the Department of Home Affairs and is part of 2.1 Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship program, within Outcome 2.

  • Outcome 2: Support a prosperous and inclusive society, and advance Australia’s economic interests through effective management of the visa, multicultural and citizenship programs and provision of refugee and humanitarian assistance.
  • Program 2.1 Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship: To support a prosperous and inclusive society through the promotion, delivery and effective management of the Australian multicultural and citizenship programs.

The Program will be undertaken according to the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines 2017 (CGRGs).



The Australian Government has allocated up to $5 million (GST exclusive) for Fostering Integration grants for the 2018-19 financial year.

The total amount of funding provided to applicants will be decided on completion of the selection process depending on the number and quality of applications received.

Grant applications for a minimum of $10,000 up to a maximum of $50,000 (GST exclusive) for up to 12 months will be considered.


Eligible Projects

Grants will fund services, activities and events that seek to work with:

  • newly arrived migrants
  • first and second generation migrants
  • communities showing early signs of or potential for integration challenges and/or racial, religious or cultural intolerance.

You can use the grant to pay for:

  • Staff salaries and on-costs that can be directly attributed to the provision of the Fostering Integration Grant activities.
  • Employee training for paid and unpaid staff including Committee and Board members which is relevant, appropriate and in line with the grant activity.
  • Operating and administration expenses directly related to the provision of the Fostering Integration Grant activities such as:
    • telephones
    • rent and outgoings
    • reasonable expenditure on computer / IT / website / software
    • insurance
    • utilities
    • postage
    • stationery and printing
    • accounting and auditing
    • domestic travel / accommodation costs.
  • Payment of subcontractors to perform eligible grant activities. This can include the use of translating and interpreting support services.
  • Up to ten percent of the grant can be used for evaluation of the funded project and/or to explore options for future sustainability and ongoing viability of the funded project.

You can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in your grant agreement.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply for a grant, you must be a not-for-profit organisation that is a legally registered entity in Australia and be one of the following entity types:

  • Indigenous corporation
  • Company
  • Non-corporate state or territory entity
  • Corporate state or territory entity
  • Local Government entity
  • Co-operative
  • Incorporated association
  • Statutory entity
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust (signed Trust Deeds must be provided)

Applications from consortia are acceptable, as long as you have a lead applicant who is solely accountable to the Commonwealth for the delivery of the contract and is eligible as per the eligible entities listed above.



Applications close 9 November 2018.


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