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Promoting harmony in our communities

Published: 21 March 2016
Innovative projects that combat racism, help refugees settle into the community and bring culturally diverse communities together have been awarded funding as part of Harmony Day celebrations.

The 2015/16 Unity Grants, which form part of the Multicultural NSW Grants Program, awarded more than $300,000 in funding to 22 projects throughout NSW.

The grants provide funding of up to $30,000 for each project that brings culturally diverse communities together and promotes social cohesion and harmony.

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka said the grants help support local communities find solutions to work together.

“Through the Unity Grants Program, we are investing in innovative projects that will make a positive difference to people’s lives and will unify our community", Mr Ajaka said.

Successful projects include:

  • helping Auburn PCYC address social isolation in young people in the local community
  • helping vulnerable female refugees in the Hunter find jobs and work towards financial independence
  • supporting young multicultural leaders in Wagga Wagga to host events and activities focused on promoting social harmony
  • funding a Mobile Multicultural Men’s Shed to travel around the Hunter to help seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

For more information about the Multicultural NSW Grants Program, visit the Multicultural NSW website.

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