The Department of Premier and Cabinet has recently opened the We are Queensland grants program. We are Queensland provides funding for community groups, local councils and not-for-profit organisations to deliver community-led initiatives that create opportunities for families, communities or individuals to feel included and connected with the broader community.
Queensland Social Cohesion Implementation Committee (QSCIC) was established in June 2016 as a step towards enhancing social cohesion in Queensland communities.
The Committee has developed an action plan, the Cohesive Communities Action Plan which contains initiatives directed at creating a sense of belonging and connectedness for individuals, families and communities to reduce the risk of radicalisation and anti-social behaviour.
As part of the Action Plan, the We Are Queensland small grants program aims to link families to community services and activities through locally-led initiatives. The program will encourage greater connection between communities at a local level. It will also provide valuable insight into local issues and assist in building an evidence-base around ‘what works’ in the Queensland context.
There are two streams –
- Linking Families Stream to support initiatives that link vulnerable families to other families, community organisations such as sporting and service clubs, community services and activities and strengthen local networks that support families such as maternity and parent support networks.
- Connecting Communities stream for initiatives that increase intercultural, inter-community interaction and relationships and develop positive cross-cultural networks and facilitate collaboration between different groups in the community.
We are Queensland closes on 11 August 2017. Funding decisions will be announced in October 2017.
All information regarding the program, including guidelines and how to apply, is available at https://campaigns.premiers.qld.gov.au/we-are-qld/#grants
If you have any questions please contact Carli Nehring, Grant Officer, 07 3003 9091