Violent Extremism Countered With New Govt Grants Program
Australia (News4us.com) April 01, 2011
Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced a new Australian Government grants program to expand community driven projects that build resilience to violent extremism.
The Building Community Resilience Grants Program is part of the Gillard Government’s $9.7 million investment in counter radicalisation initiatives.
“Communities have demonstrated a strong commitment to tackling radicalisation at the grassroots and the Government is equally committed to supporting their efforts,” Mr McClelland said.
“Effective community engagement is a key component of the Government’s approach to building a stronger and more resilient community that can resist violent extremism.
“The new program will focus on activities that support individuals away from intolerant and radical ideologies and encourage positive participation in the community.”
The new program follows the recent announcement of successful applicants for the Youth Mentoring Grants Program, which supports mentoring projects for young people who may be vulnerable to violent extremism.
“Communities have told us that they are prepared to play a more active role in countering violent extremism and the Government will support these efforts,” Mr McClelland said.
“The Government received overwhelming interest in the youth mentoring program and many community leaders said they wanted further opportunities to build programs around countering extremism.
“In response to this feedback, the Government has developed a further program that will be open to community organisations nationally.”
Under the new program, grants from $5,000 to $20,000 and from $20,000 to $100,000 will be awarded to local initiatives that:
- Give communities the skills and resources to understand and actively address intolerant or extremist messages and discourage violent extremism;
- Support people who may be vulnerable to extremist views due to personal experiences of disengagement and marginalisation; and
- Educate groups and individuals about the avenues available to participate positively in the community.
The grants, designed to support a wide variety of activities, may include:
- Intercultural and interfaith education in schools and universities;
- Skills and leadership training to improve social and economic opportunities;
- Local peer support/big brother schemes for at risk individuals;
- Community forums and outreach events to promote social inclusion;
- Referral and diversionary programs;
- Media projects that give marginalised communities a voice; and
- Civics education.
“The Program focuses on initiatives that take direct action against violent extremism while at the same time recognising that there are a variety of factors and influences that can lead a person to extremism,” Mr McClelland said.
“We want to mitigate the risk as well as address the symptoms, and communities are a big part of the solution.”
Grant applications are now invited from experienced community organisations across Australia and close on 29 April 2011.
Information and guidelines about the Building Community Resilience Grants Program is attached and available at http://www.ag.gov.au/cve
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