The Andrews Labor Government is continuing the popular Participation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors Grants Program for another two years.

State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley today called on local ethnic and multicultural community groups to apply for the 2016 round of the grants.

The grants help seniors from CALD backgrounds who are socially isolated to connect to new or existing social networks and activities through innovative community projects.

Projects can range from events, cultural activities, social outings, classes and information sessions, as well as organising help with transport for seniors who find it difficult to leave home.

Eligible organisations such as seniors clubs, ethnic community groups, migrant resource centres, neighbourhood houses, aged care facilities and local councils are invited to apply for funding up to $5000 or $10,000 for complex projects.

The next round of grants is open until 5 February 2016. Guidelines and application forms are available at

Quotes attributable to State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley

“This fantastic program has a proven track record of breaking down barriers for isolated seniors within our diverse and growing local community,”

“Many of our seniors face significant and unique challenges that can often only be addressed with help from a local multicultural community group and these grants will help them do just that,”

“I urge our local community groups to apply now as these small grants can make a huge difference in the life of many of our seniors.”