Up to $60,000 is available from Fostering Integration Grants to assist migrants to integrate into Australian social, economic and civil life.
Fostering Integration Grants
The underlying principles of the Fostering Integration Grants are to:
- assist migrants to integrate into Australian social, economic and civil life
- support small culturally diverse community-specific organisations and multicultural community groups in Australia that provide cultural activities, community programs and multicultural events in line with the Government’s multicultural statement
- build upon Australia’s multicultural successes with a particular focus on creating cultural awareness and social inclusion.
The objective of the grant opportunity is to facilitate the participation, integration and social cohesion of both newly arrived migrants and multicultural communities in Australia by:
- encouraging the social and economic participation of migrants by developing skills and cultural competencies to integrate into Australian social, economic and civic life, and build community resilience
- promoting and encouraging the uptake of Australian values and liberal democracy and amplifying the value of Australian citizenship
- promoting a greater understanding and acceptance of racial, religious and cultural diversity
- addressing issues within Australian communities that show potential for, or early signs of, low social integration.
The intended outcome of the grant opportunity is to contribute to an integrated and cohesive multicultural Australia where migrants:
- have 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
- are resilient in times of crisis
- have social networks that cross ethnic and religious groups
- are welcomed and supported by the broader Australian community.
The Australian Government has announced a total of $2.3 million GST exclusive for the 2019-20 financial year for Fostering Integration Grants.
The total allocation for Fostering Integration Grants will be decided on completion of the selection process. This will depend on the number and quality of applications received.
- The minimum grant amount is $5,000 GST exclusive.
- The maximum grant amount is $60,000 GST exclusive.
Successful organisations may receive less funding than requested.
Grants will fund services, activities and events that seek to work with 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.
To be eligible your grant activities must directly relate to the objectives of the grant opportunity. Examples of eligible projects include:
- festivals, multicultural events, and community functions that showcase elements of cultural heritage to the broader community in order to increase understanding and awareness of racial, religious and cultural diversity
- increasing understanding of Australian values by fostering social interactions between established and emerging migrant communities
- provision of work experience to migrants to help overcome employment barriers
- increasing the capacity of youth leaders to represent, engage and support their peers
- innovative arts projects to unite diverse communities
- working with children on anti-racism workshops
- supporting recently arrived migrant women to connect with well-established women in the community to increase social networks
- supporting Muslim women who have experienced racism to develop ways to increase community understanding of Islam
- assisting migrants to develop a greater understanding of the responsibilities of Australian Citizenship, uptake Australian values and abide by Australian laws
- using sport to increase social interaction between different cultural groups as well as to engage with youth on Australian values and increase understanding of cultural diversity
- innovative projects using digital platforms to engage with and support socially isolated women and young people and/or promote the benefits of integration to the wider community.
You can only spend the grant on eligible expenditure you have incurred on eligible grant activities.
Eligible expenditure items are:
- staff salaries and on-costs that can be directly attributed to the provision of the funded grant activity
- employee training for paid and unpaid staff including Committee and Board members which is relevant, appropriate and in line with the grant activity
- venue hire, insurance, catering, marketing and promotion for events, seminars and workshops
- up to 15 per cent of the grant can be used for operating and administration expenses that can be directly attributed to the provision of the funded grant activity such as telephones, computer, website, software, utilities, postage, stationery and printing, accounting and auditing, domestic travel and accommodation costs
- payment of subcontractors such as the use of translating and interpreting support services
- up to 10 per cent 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
- not all expenditure on your grant activity may be eligible for grant funding. The Program Delegate makes the final decision on what is eligible expenditure and may give additional guidance on eligible expenditure if required.
You must incur the expenditure on your grant activities between the start date and end or completion date for your grant agreement for it to be eligible.
To be eligible you must be a not-for-profit organisation that is legally registered in Australia and be one of the following entity types:
- Indigenous Corporation
- Incorporated Association
- Trustee on behalf of a Trust
As a not-for-profit organisation you must demonstrate your not-for-profit status through one of the following:
- State or territory incorporated association registration number or certificate of incorporation, e.g. clubs and other associations.
- Current Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission’s (ACNC) registration, e.g. for organisations registered as a charity.
You must also have the following requirements in place before you apply for this grant opportunity, or be willing to register prior to the execution of the grant agreement:
- An Australian Business Number (ABN).
- An account with an Australian financial institution.
Applications from consortia are acceptable, as long as you have a lead applicant who is solely accountable to the Commonwealth for the delivery of grant activities and is an eligible entity as per the list above. Eligible organisations can form consortia with ineligible organisations.
Applications close 5 November 2019.