Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan today announced $37,900 in funding for the Great South Coast Economic Migration Project (GSCEMP) for their ‘Language and Tutoring Café’, under the Fostering Integration Grants program.

The Fostering Integration Grants program provides up to $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help migrants better integrate into Australian life and support initiatives for social cohesion, such as promoting employment and community participation.

Across the country, the Government is providing $9.3 million to organisations working at the grassroots level to assist migrants.

The funding organisations receive through the Fostering Integration Grants program will enhance the important work they do at the local level and ensure Australia continues to be the most successful migrant nation in the world.

The ‘Language and Tutoring Café’ aims to assist new residents with opportunities to practice their language skills in a relaxed environment while meeting new people. The Language and Tutoring Café is open to anyone in the public wishing to practice their English skills and anyone from the community wishing to support them.

The Language and Tutoring Café is a representation of the multicultural community that Hamilton is becoming and is a perfect example of promoting a greater understanding and tolerance of racial, religious and cultural diversity.

“Local community organisations have an important role to play in creating social cohesion and ensuring the unity, prosperity, and security of our nation,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Fostering Integration Grants program is about supporting organisations that work at the grassroots level in their community and have a strong understanding of the challenges facing migrants.

“The grants will encourage economic and social integration and help migrants; particularly young people, women and those in regional areas access the workforce and participate more in the community.

Mr Tehan said the Government is committed to working closely with organisations in communities across Australia to provide valuable services and activities that foster social cohesion and create a stronger Australia.

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