Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana will deliver a project to help migrants fully participate in the local community with a new $49,500 grant from the Federal Government.
Upon announcing the funding today, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Coalition is committed to working closely with organisations such as RDA Orana to support social cohesion.
“The Fostering Integration Grants program provides up to $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help migrants better integrate into Australian life,” Mr Coulton said.
“This program also supports initiatives for social cohesion, such as promoting employment and community participation.
“RDA Orana has been committed $49,500 for their project titled ‘The Welcome Project’.
“The proposed project activities include conducting research, producing resources and holding an annual Welcome to the Region event to support new migrants. I congratulate RDA Orana on their success, and I look forward to seeing this exciting project evolve throughout the next 12 months.”
Across the country, the Government is providing $9.3 million to more than 220 organisations working at the grassroots level to assist migrants.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the funding organisations receive through the Program will enhance the important work they do at a local level and ensure Australia continues to be the most successful migrant nation in the world.
“Local community organisations have an important role to play in creating social cohesion and ensuring the unity, prosperity, and security of our nation,” Mr Coleman said.
“The Fostering Integration Grants program is about supporting organisations that work at the grassroots level in their community and have a strong understanding of the challenges facing migrants.
“The grants will encourage economic and social integration and help migrants, particularly young people, women and those in regional areas access the workforce and participate more in the community.”
Photo Caption (L-R): Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana Chair John Walkom, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, and RDA Orana Director Megan Dixon.