New funding announced for most vulnerable

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Grassroots organisations can now apply for the latest tranche of a record $43.2M funding package to support vulnerable people and multicultural communities across NSW.

Minister for Multiculturalism, Natalie Ward, said community-led grassroots initiatives will be able to share in this latest round of $3.6M funding to provide immediate and essential services.

These include food and school products, services to help those experiencing domestic and family violence and seniors facing social isolation, wellbeing checks and community activities such as youth groups.

“The NSW Government has responded urgently to support those in need during the pandemic.

“This is the second round of funding for vulnerable people and multicultural communities delivered through our Empowering and Supporting Local Communities program,” Ward said.

The first round of the program has been finalised and will deliver more than $3.4M to 194 grassroots community organisations across the state.

“This latest round builds on the initial funding and will support communities big and small across our metropolitan, rural and regional areas with grants of up to $30,000.

“As we continue racing towards our vaccination targets and look at easing restrictions, we want to make sure no one is left behind,” Ward said.

Attorney General and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Mark Speakman, said communities across NSW have stepped up like never before to support and care for each other, and to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These grants will help ensure critical support for some of our most vulnerable, including women and children impacted by domestic and family violence and other hardships during the pandemic, thanks to the many dedicated frontline services working across the state,” Speakman said.

Applications close at 11am on October 11.

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Primary source: Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans, Natalie Ward