Excerpted from the Victorian Government
10 September 2021
Multicultural Victorians from diverse communities are being supported by new Victorian government grants, to help them stay safe and healthy and promote the importance of vaccination in their communities.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence recently announced $2 million to increase health messaging promoting vaccination and COVIDSafe behaviour designed by multicultural communities.
The grants will support creating and distributing public health information in language that responds directly to misinformation, and encourages vaccination and COVIDSafe behaviours.
“It’s vital multicultural Victorians can access health advice in their own language – these messages will be written by Victorians from all backgrounds and delivered directly to their multicultural communities,” said Minister Spence.
Multicultural media, community organisations and individuals are invited to apply for grants of up to $100,000 from funding of $1 million to provide informative and accessible coronavirus-related content.
In addition, $1 million is being provided directly to 21 organisations to communicate health messages to communities, including the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Youth Activating Youth, Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, radio station 3ZZZ and the Islamic Council of Victoria.
“Local organisations have the trust and understanding of their communities – which is why we are supporting them to deliver vital health messages,” Minister Spence said.
The new support for multicultural communities will complement the vital public health information already provided by the government, which is available in more than 50 languages.
“All multicultural Victorians should have the information and support they need to feel confident in the coronavirus vaccination program,” said Minister for Health Martin Foley.