Two local community organisations in Bonner have received a combined $68,700 funding boost to help migrants fully participate in the Australian community.

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.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said 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.

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

Member for Bonner said the Government is committed to working closely with organisation in communities across Australia to provide valuable services and activities that foster social cohesion and create a stronger Australia.

Jason Berry from Gateway Baptist Church said the $46,000 grant will enable them to further expand the existing Connect in Crestmead program throughout the local community.

“This funding will also enable us to train at least four more volunteers for the Crestmead program, and train eight coordinators for the expansion of the BRiTA Futures Program.”

“These programs provide English and learning classes for vulnerable members of the community from all nationalities.”

“We have people from Syria, Afghanistan, Burma, all over who attend and it helps build confidence and connections with the community to help these people feel included and also to become a part of the community and build support networks for them and their families as well.”