Eleven organisations have been successful in receiving grant funding from the Queensland Government for projects that respond to domestic, family, and sexual violence (DFSV) in the state’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
The Safe and Diverse Communities (SDC) grants program assists local, community-led projects to increase the capability of multicultural communities to recognise, respond, and prevent DFSV across Queensland.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Shannon Fentiman, said that the $1 million allocated over four years for SDC grants was part of the Government’s overall commitment of $6 million over four years to facilitate partnerships to prevent DFSV.
“We are ensuring no one gets left behind in our efforts to assist victims, raise awareness, and prevent domestic, family, and sexual violence,” Minister Fentiman said.
“This will help those in the community who are among the most vulnerable and isolated, while building meaningful partnerships and engagement with CALD communities around Queensland.”
Successful applicants received between $10,000 to $25,000 in funding.
The Minister said that organisations that received funding were spread throughout the state, including Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, the Wide Bay-Burnett region and Central Coast regions.
“Funding was allocated to organisations that aimed to engage with cultural and faith leaders, develop awareness campaigns, and educate workplaces on how to engage with people from CALD backgrounds impacted by violence,” she said.
“Projects also include educating health professionals on how to identify DFSV within perinatal women from CALD backgrounds, and workshops providing valuable education within a variety of CALD communities.”
Funding had been granted to a variety of community organisations, including those working with people with Polynesian, African, Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European backgrounds.
Successful organisations and community groups would be supported to deliver their projects and initiatives for eight months, starting in early 2023.
The eleven successful applications follow the fourteen organisations that received funding through the SDC grant program to deliver projects in 2022.