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$4 million boost for WA’s culturally diverse community associations

Posted on February 25, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government doubles Multicultural Community Grants Program
  • Total $4 million investment to support local multicultural groups across WA
  • Boost builds on McGowan Labor Government investment and initiatives already underway

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will double the Multicultural Community Grants Program funding to $1 million annually to support local multicultural groups around the State.

Currently the grants total $500,000 a year however if re-elected the McGowan Labor Government’s doubling of the grants program will further boster support for WA’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities.

Earlier this month the McGowan Labor Government also committed $3 million to improve local CaLD community facilities, which went towards 28 community association and service organisations.

This secured funding pool means these multicultural groups can improve facilities used for cultural events and social and welfare activities.

The grants through the Community Capital Works Fund is part of the McGowan Government’s $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan which will support projects that maintain, refurbish or extend existing facilities that are owned and operated by community associations.

These one-off grants were launched in October 2020 for Western Australian CaLD community associations or community service organisations and administered through https://www.omi.wa.gov.au/

Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:

“If re-elected we will double grants available to local multicultural groups through the State Government’s Office of Multicultural Interests.

“WA has one of the most culturally diverse populations in the world and we are a more vibrant community and a stronger community because of that diversity and the opportunities it presents. 

“CaLD community associations own and operate a number of venues in Western Australia, providing their communities with dedicated space to practice and celebrate their individual cultures and traditions.

“They are utilised for a range of cultural events, social and educational activities such as language schools, seniors’ programs and other capacity building initiatives.

“We have already established the $3 million Community Capital Works Fund, which provide much-needed support to culturally and linguistically diverse community associations and grants are provided to help improve these facilities.

“These facilities are much more than just buildings – they are thriving hubs of activity that are often at the heart of a community where people can come together and have a sense of belonging and improvements that can be made to them will benefit local communities as well as create more work opportunities to local businesses and local trades.