The Victorian Government’s CALD Communities Taskforce – set up last month – has already helped thousands of individuals and families get the support they need, including targeted assistance for Indian communities.
The Taskforce is partnering with community organisations and local government to develop community specific, locally delivered solutions that will help slow the spread of coronavirus.
Since the Taskforce was established, more than $1.4 million has made its way to multicultural and multifaith organisations, supporting at least 1,500 individuals or families during the pandemic.
More than a third of the funds have been directed to Indian community organisations, with 15 sharing in $455,000 to deliver crucial support, such as food boxes, care packages and culturally appropriate assistance during self-isolation.
They include the Hindu Council of Australia (VIC), Sikh Volunteers Australia and the Federation of Indian Associations Victoria, IndianCare and Sri Guru Nanak Satsang Sahba, which focused on support for international students from India.
Additionally, the Taskforce has provided funding for a daily Multilingual News Service to capture headline issues, health warnings and multicultural stories to be shared across Victorian community radio stations and online.
The Taskforce continues to invite proposals for funding from organisations that currently provide emergency relief essentials to help them in supporting people to stay at home and slow the spread of the virus.
This includes support for individuals to access testing services, mental health support for those in self isolation and food relief.
Support and services must be delivered within three months of receiving funding and meet all the current health directions of the Chief Health Officer and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Priority is given to those located in pandemic hotspots, as well as major multicultural communities, emerging and vulnerable communities, as well as regional locations.
For more information or for a list of funded organisations to date, visit vic.gov.au/multicultural-taskforce-funding.