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Apply for a Multicultural Community Infrastructure Grant

Victorian community groups looking to upgrade or refurbish their communities’ facilities are encouraged to apply for funding.

Thursday 28 November 2019 1:51pm
The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion
The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, Victoria

Strong social connections are proven to create a sense of belonging and improve health and wellbeing. With many Victorians born overseas, having a place to come together, to socialise, and celebrate their culture and traditions, is vital when settling in a new country.

Community centres and halls are more than a place to come together and stay connected. They are a safe space for people to join each other to celebrate cultural and religious holidays, national days, and teach younger generations their customs and traditions.

Funding to support community facilities upgrades and refurbishments

For the fourth year in a row, the Victorian Multicultural Commission is proud to support and promote the Victorian Government’s Multicultural Community Infrastructure FundExternal Link .

This year, under the Fund, multicultural and interfaith community groups can apply for a grant between $10,000 and $100,000 to complete minor infrastructure projects.

We spoke to Ian Green, Chairman of The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, about their experience with the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund.

“We feel very fortunate to have been successful in receiving a Multicultural Community Infrastructure Grant last year,” said Mr Green.

“We’re using the grant to construct a sustainable water collection system. Our main issue was that we’re a long way from the main water supply in Bendigo. This meant each week we had to truck water into The Stupa.”

“Once the system is complete, The Stupa will be completely self-sufficient,” he said.

Hear more from Mr Green and about their experienceExternal Link .

Applications are now open

Victorian community groups looking to upgrade or refurbish their community facilities are encouraged to apply for fundingExternal Link . Rural and regional organisations and smaller or emerging cultural or religious community groups are particularly encouraged to apply, as a portion of the funding is allocated specifically to these groups.

Some of the infrastructure projects that could be funded include:

  • painting, tiling or completing structural repairs such as roofing, plumbing or flooring works
  • kitchens or bathroom refurbishments
  • renovations or internal remodelling of facilities to improve accessibility or create new rooms
  • non-electronic security upgrades
  • building children’s playground
  • installing heating and cooling systems
  • installing sustainable infrastructure solutions such as solar panels or water tanks

Projects that have already received grants from the Department of Premier and Cabinet in previous years, will not be funded.

Applications close: 4pm, 20 February 2020.

If you are unsure whether your project idea will be eligible, please contact the Department’s Community Grants Team directly:

Phone: 1300 366 356

Email: multicultural.infrastructure@dpc.vic.gov.au

Image: The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion

Reviewed 23 June 2021

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