Grant opportunities for ethnic seniors groups in Victoria deadline is February 28


The deadline is looming for Victoria’s ethnic seniors groups to apply for financial assistance to  continue their work in alleviating social isolation and providing activities to connect with others.

Applications for the third round of the Victorian Government’s Participation for Culturally and

Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors Grants Program must be submitted by February 28, 2014.

Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) chairperson Eddie Micallef encouraged ethnic seniors  groups to apply for project funding before the deadline.

“The ECCV applauds the work these groups do for our community – they provide opportunities for  people to join together in their own culture and language, and provide a way for seniors to receive  information about health, services and support they may require,” he said.

“The Victorian Government is awarding grants of up to $4,000 (metro) or $5,000 (rural) and more  complex projects can apply for up to $10,000.

“This grants program provides support for groups to continue and strengthen the work they are  doing – the funds can go a long way for your group to provide vital services to members.”

Mr Micallef said past project funding includes assisting people to use public transport, the  development of social and recreational activities, setting up home visits, promoting selfindependence and skill development.

Other previous projects which have received support include social activities for living alone and  housebound seniors and transport options for frail and isolated members.

The grants are open until Friday, February 28, 2014. Grant guidelines, application form, and other  information to help are available on Seniors Online ( For more  information or additional support please contact the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria on (03)  9349 4122.

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