Help is on its way to the most vulnerable people affected by COVID-19, with the NSW Government providing over $6 million in funding for multicultural communities including migrants and temporary visa holders.
More than $500,000 of this funding will go towards a COVID-19 Community Support Grants program, which multicultural community organisations are encouraged to apply for.
Acting Minister for Multiculturalism Geoff Lee said these grants are vital as they will provide immediate assistance for basic necessities like food, transport and language support for vulnerable people.
“The NSW Government is determined to ensure we support our most vulnerable by providing funding for essentials like food and medicine,” Mr Lee said.
“Temporary visa holders, including refugees and asylum seekers, have become increasingly vulnerable during COVID-19 and they don’t qualify for any of the support packages announced by the Commonwealth Government.”
The NSW Government will distribute urgent support to communities in crisis through this quick response grants program. NSW organisations that prioritise immediate community care support are being invited to apply.
“Strong communities support each other through challenges. This funding will enable dedicated and committed individuals to continue to help the most vulnerable,” Mr Lee said.
“Our multicultural community leaders and organisations, and specialist migrant and settlement NGOs have shown immense leadership during this time, and I thank them for the work they have been doing to support our communities.”
Applications are now open for the COVID-19 Community Support Grants and close 9am, 13 June 2020. For more information and to apply, click here.