$200,000 in funds for Hindu Victorian community

Melbourne: The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victoria’s Hindu community to hold religious and cultural events thanks to a new dedicated grants round.

Acting Minister for Multicultural Affairs Lily D’Ambrosio on Monday announced $200,000 will be made available over four years as part of the first ever Hindu Festival and Events Fund.

Almost 135,000 Victorians are Hindu, making our state home to the second largest Hindu population in Australia.

As part of the fund, groups will get support in holding events that help share, celebrate and preserve their culture and traditions.

The types of events to be supported includes performances, festivals, cultural exhibitions and celebrations of Hindu days of significance.

Successful grant recipients will share the Hindu values of compassion, harmony and respect with the broader Victorian community through their festivals and events.

Grant applications for events held between 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020 are now open. For more information or to apply, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au/grants.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Lily D’Ambrosio said, “We’re helping Victoria’s Hindu community celebrate their culture with other Victorians and showcase our unity in diversity. I strongly encourage eligible organisations to apply so they can help share more stories of Victoria’s rich multiculturalism.”