Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams today announced more than $170,000 in funding for 26 community projects to benefit culturally diverse communities in NSW. The NSW Government Unity Grants provide funding of up to $30,000 to projects that promote multiculturalism and the participation of migrants in art, sport and volunteering.

Mr Williams said the program invests in grassroots projects that have a real impact in local communities. “Congratulations to all the community organisations who presented innovative projects that promote social cohesion and harmony,” Mr Williams said.

“These grants projects play a key role in addressing social isolation and barriers to engagement in local communities.” The Darfur Community Social and Cultural Association in NSW received a Unity Grant for a youth engagement program in Blacktown.

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“Our project will bring together youth from Western and South West Sydney to celebrate the diverse traditions and cultures of South Sudan,” Chairman Hafiz Tokka said. “The project will build awareness across our young people to promote mutual acceptance and understanding through youth tours, exhibitions and a festival.”

Other successful Unity Grant projects include:
· Art and digital storytelling workshops for new migrants and refugees in Tamworth;
· Free weekend sporting sessions in Auburn connecting multicultural players with high profile and regional sporting clubs;
· A community English project connecting volunteers with migrants and refugees looking to improve English skills and build friendships in Western Sydney.