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$45.25 million to Strengthen Community Harmony

Community organisations in Corangamite can now apply for a share of $45.25 million in Australian Government funding for projects to help build inclusive and resilient communities.


The Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, opened the Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) grants round on 13 July. He said the grants will help local organisations overcome disadvantage and build strong, safe, socially cohesive communities.

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, encouraged local organisations to apply for funding which will enable community groups to build people’s skills and capacity to actively engage in their community and improve their chances of getting a job.

Ms Henderson said “the Government’s investment in these grants recognises the important  role local communities play in fostering social cohesion and helping strengthen national security.”

Funded projects may include cultural, educational or sporting activities that bring people of different cultures or faiths together; the development of online platforms for marginalised youth, and training and volunteering opportunities for humanitarian entrants or newly arrived migrants.

Minister Porter said the Government is also providing an additional $19.95 million to fund Volunteer Management Activity until 2021. This funding will support volunteer organisations to encourage and increase volunteering in communities across Australia.

“Well integrated and cohesive communities are underpinned by high-levels of volunteering and community participation,” Minister Porter said.

Ms Henderson said local organisations can apply for SARC grants under two funding pools – Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants.

“Through this grants round, community organisations can benefit from $60,000 to nearly $500,000 in funding for each project they deliver up to 2021”, said Ms Henderson.

Applications for Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants are open until 23 August 2017.

For more information or to apply for a SARC grant, go to the GrantConnect website at