SMALL GRANTS TO INCLUDE ALL IN NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSES

SMALL GRANTS TO INCLUDE ALL IN NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSES

Posted on 26. Oct, 2010 in Clayton Update

Neighbourhood Houses are encouraged to apply for a share of $450,000 in a new Brumby Labor Government program to ensure that people of all abilities can access their services and activities.

Member for Clayton, Hong Lim said Neighbourhood Houses in the local area provided a range of services and activities for local people.

“The new Small Inclusion Grants program will help our local Neighbourhood Houses improve opportunities for people living with a disability to get involved with the terrific activities and services they offer,” Hong Lim said.

“Research suggests that one in five people live with a disability and Neighbourhood houses provide extra help for people to access the activities and services that others take for granted.

“Ensuring that all people, regardless of their age or ability, can get involved in community activities is crucial to ensuring we are a strong, connected and healthy community.

Hong Lim said grants of between $15,000 and $30,000 were available for Houses to improve their infrastructure; upgrade information and communications technology; and strengthen participation.

“The Brumby Labor Government is proud to invest a further $450,000 in the Neighbourhood House program because they help Victorians learn new skills,” he said.

“By improving people’s employment prospects, Neighbourhood Houses brings people together, build strong social networks while tackling disadvantage.

“Neighbourhood Houses are often at the very heart of community life, and this program is designed to get more people involved.”

Minister for Local Government Richard Wynne said the Brumby Government’s disciplined financial management had enabled strong investments in its social policy action plan, A Fairer Victoria, of which Neighbourhood houses is a part.

“I encourage all of Victoria’s Neighbourhood Houses to consider applying for funding, to ensure that they remain at the forefront of social inclusion for people living with a disability.”

Applications for the Small Inclusions Grants program close on 15 February 2011.

For more information, or to apply for a grant, please visit www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au

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