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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Funding to strengthen multicultural communities

ORGANISATIONS from across Queensland are being encouraged to apply for their share in $1.7 million in funding through the latest round of the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program.

Program grants are spread across two categories of funding and can be used for a range of projects that will build social connection and cohesion in communities across Queensland.

The two categories are for projects up to $50,000 which focus on supporting economic and social participation of Queenslanders from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and up to $120,000 for projects which break down barriers for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds aged 12 to 25.

Past CMQ funding recipients have helped to give people skills for future employment, assisted in starting up small businesses, and supported young people to lead and deliver activities to build confidence and networks, and improve their sense of belonging in the community.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Leanne Linard said it can be hard to find a way to feel part of a community or know how to welcome new people into communities.

“We know that when everyone, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, is supported to connect and contribute, our communities thrive,” she said.

“The CMQ program has a long history of supporting projects which create opportunities for everyone to thrive in their local communities.

“In previous funding rounds, we’ve had a great response to calls for projects which indicates just how passionate community groups and organisations are about building a more inclusive Queensland.

“I encourage organisations across the state to come forward with proposals which support people to connect, contribute and belong, because we know this makes our communities stronger.”

The Queensland Association of School Tuckshops was a 2022 funding recipient and senior project officer Deanne Wooden said the grant allowed them to help more than 60 women from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

“We helped them improve their English skills in a safe environment, and gain confidence to participate in training and employment in catering and hospitality,” she said.

“Our tuckshop convenors love hosting ‘Connections’ volunteers because they bring cultural diversity into the school environment, including some delicious recipe traditions.”

Applications close on 12 November 2023 and can be made here, projects funded by the program must be delivered from 1 July 2024 onwards.

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