The Andrews Labor Government is continuing the popular Participation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors Grants Program for another two years.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today called on ethnic and multicultural community groups and organisations, as well as local councils in Western Victoria to apply for the 2016 round of the grants.
Since 2011, the program has funded more than 200 community projects that help culturally diverse seniors get involved and participate in the community.
The grants help seniors from CALD backgrounds who are socially isolated to connect to new or existing social networks and activities through innovative community projects.
Projects can range from events, cultural activities, social outings, classes and information sessions, as well as organising help with transport for seniors who find it difficult to leave
The program is delivered in partnership with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV).
An ECCV report on the program found that more than 150 ethnicities were represented among 208 projects funded over the past four years, engaging more than 3,000 seniors in community activities.
Eligible organisations such as seniors clubs, ethnic community groups, migrant resource centres, neighbourhood houses, aged care facilities and local councils are invited to apply for funding up to $5000 or $10,000 for complex projects.
The next round of grants is open until 5 February 2016. Guidelines and application forms are available at www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au. For more information or additional support contact the ECCV on (03) 9349 4122.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP
“The Andrews Labor Government is supporting seniors from all cultures to age well by helping isolated seniors to stay active and to connect with their local community.”
“We are proud to be continuing this grants program that has a proven track record of breaking down the barriers for isolated seniors from Victoria’s diverse multicultural communities.”
“I urge community groups and local councils to apply now – these small grants can make a huge difference in the life of multicultural seniors by connecting them to activities and promoting a healthier lifestyle.”