A big part of making this happen is DFFH’s Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund, which has just invested more than $4.5 million to support 30 community organisations to build and upgrade their facilities.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence announced this funding at the Australian Multicultural Community Services’ (AMCS) Millennium House, who were awarded a $500,000 grant to contribute to structural upgrades to their Seddon hub.
This refurbishment will ensure AMCS can continue its important work supporting multicultural and migrant communities by providing adult education programs and pathways into employment.
They also host arts and crafts activities, exercise sessions and traditional and religious celebrations that foster friendships and community connections.
Other organisations to receive funding in this round include the Korean Society of Victoria in Oakleigh and Samadhi Buddhist Meditation Centre in Campbellfield, which will upgrade their community and main halls.
The benefits of the program will be shared across the state, with the Ballarat Croatian Community Centre receiving funding for an upgrade and the Druze Community Centre in Keysborough using its grant to improve its function rooms and amenities.
The community infrastructure funding ensures communities across Victoria have dedicated, accessible and safe spaces for community connection, promoting the sense of belonging that is essential to the wellbeing and unity of our state.
Full details of the latest round of grant recipients are available at vic.gov.au website on the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund page.