Posted on 14. May, 2010 in Clayton Update

Partnership projects that will enhance areas of cultural significance in Springvale could be eligible to receive funding through the Victorian Government’s new $12 million Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund.

The Member for Clayton Hong Lim said the first round of applications would be open from Thursday 20 May and close on 10 June.

“Protecting the economic viability and vibrancy of our local area is of the utmost importance,” Mr Lim said.

“Through this program local councils and community organisations can apply for funding for a variety of projects, ranging from smaller upgrades such as culturally themed lighting, planting or pavement works to larger projects to rejuvenate or construct community facilities that will be accessed by Victoria’s diverse communities.”

The Fund will be delivered to Victorian communities over four years and is an extension of the already successful $10 million Cultural Precincts Enhancement Fund, which is revitalising the CBD cultural precincts of the Greek, Italian and Chinese communities.

“The Cultural Precincts Enhancement Fund has already revitalised three key precincts in the CBD. It’s great to be able to extend this project to support the range of culturally significant precincts across Victoria,” Mr Lim said.

The Fund will be delivered through two funding categories: minor grants for projects up to $100,000 and major grants for projects in excess of $100,000. 

The Victorian Multicultural Commission is hosting information sessions about the Fund on Thursday 20 May from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and Saturday 22 May from 10am to 12 noon at the Treasury Theatre (Ground Floor, 1 MacArthur Street, Melbourne).

Guidelines on the funding application process are available at www.multicultural.vic.gov.au.

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