Dec 15, 2011

Grants to help new migrants settle in Australia

Not for profit organisations and service providers who help new migrants to become self reliant and participate in Australian society are encouraged to apply for the 2012-13 Settlement Grants Program (SGP) funding round announced today.

The Gillard Government has strengthened the Settlement Grants Program to support community organisations assist new migrants adjust to life in Australian as soon as possible after they arrive.

In recognition of the ongoing nature of settlement services, SGP grants in 2012-13 will primarily focus on the delivery of settlement services, and providing support for ethno-specific communities.

The changes to settlement funding will strengthen the role of our local providers to deliver better services that improve settlement outcomes and foster social and economic participation in the Inner West of Sydney.

Applications for a grant must be lodged by 5pm AEDST on 1 February 2012 and funding will commence on 1 July 2012 and may be offered for periods of one, two or three years.

Interested applicants can attend Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) grant information session before completing and lodging their application. These will be held on the morning of Wednesday 21 December in Parramatta and in the afternoon of the same day in the Sydney city office. Further details are available on 8666 5414.

More information on the Settlement Grants Program is available from: http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/delivering-assistance/settlement-grants/