A new Queensland Government program will provide funding for local community projects to help migrants and refugees find employment or become involved in business ventures.
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes announced today that the Economic Participation Grants Program would provide $250,000 for projects to promote economic participation and business development for people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Mr Elmes said the funding demonstrated the Newman Government’s commitment to growing Queensland’s four pillar economy.
“The projects will assist overseas-born Queenslanders to improve their employment potential through training, networking and acquiring basic skills,” Mr Elmes said.
“Funding will also be available for projects that support the establishment and growth of culturally diverse businesses.
“We live in a culturally diverse state with more than 20 percent of Queenslanders born overseas.
“It’s important we look at how we can enhance participation in the labour force and promote economic independence for all Queenslanders, no matter where they were born.
“We are determined to support innovative projects which give people from culturally diverse backgrounds the opportunity to attain economic independence.
“These grants are part of the government’s strategy to create pathways to employment and business ownership for people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
“Today’s announcement ensures a better future for Queensland and for people from culturally diverse backgrounds who now call Queensland home.”
Mr Elmes said up to $40,000 will be available for projects where a community group partners with a local council, and up to $20,000 will be available for a community group undertaking a project on its own.
More information about the Economic Participation Grants Program is available at: www.datsima.qld.gov.au