The Victorian Government is continuing to support seniors from multicultural backgrounds to stay connected to culture and community through grants to help community groups keep activities running.

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced the following 6 local organisations who are set to benefit with up to $2000 in funding each year, for the next four years:

  • Associazione Nazionale Combattenti Reduci Italiani (Werribee)
  • Australian Karen Cultural Association Senior Team
  • Circolo Pensionati Italiani di Wyndham
  • Le Petrel Mauritian Seniors Club
  • Unione Nazionale Sottufficiali Italiani in Congedo Inc (UNSI. Co)
  • Western Karen Elder Group Inc.

These are some of more than 900 multicultural seniors’ organisations to share in $7.4 million over the next four years to support the delivery of in-person and digital activities.

The grants help to cover running costs for social and cultural activities and the purchase of equipment, as well as the development of remote and in-person support programs to build stronger community connections.

Organisations will also receive public liability insurance and group personal accident insurance to provide coverage for members and volunteers delivering programs and activities – removing a potentially significant cost for these local community groups.

The funding recognises the challenges the pandemic has presented for multicultural seniors’ communities, and the importance of social and cultural connections for maintaining resilience in difficult times.

The Government also encourages newly established multicultural seniors’ groups or those that did not receive a direct funding offer to apply online through the Multicultural Seniors Support program. Applications close 28 February 2025. For more information or to apply, visit:

The funding is in addition to over $2.1 million allocated through the CALD Communities Taskforce to ensure multicultural seniors groups are equipped to continue supporting their members through the pandemic.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence

“It’s vital seniors can reconnect with their communities as we ease restrictions – whether through morning teas, gardening clubs or cultural events.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers James Merlino

“Remaining connected to culture as we get older is critical for keeping up mental and physical health – and we’re proud to support Victoria’s multicultural seniors with a strong sense of community.”

Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“We are proud to be backing these terrific grassroots organisations which do such an important job in bringing seniors in our community together to support each other.”