MULTICULTURAL community groups in Monash will share in $35,500 as part of the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Community Grants Program.

Oakleigh MP Ann Barker said the grants were part of a $1.25m program announced by Premier Steve Bracks.

“The Victorian Multicultural Commission Community Grants Program is designed to support ethnic and community-based organisations for activities and projects that help to meet the priority needs of our culturally and logistically diverse communities,” the State Labor MP said.

“This year’s Community Grants Program has provided a total of $1.25m in funds to community groups and organisations. This represents an increase of $240,000, almost 25%, on last year’s program.”

Dandenong North MP John Lenders said the grants would go towards facility upgrades and organisational support for the groups.

“The Monash region is fortunate to have many community groups and organisations all working to support the needs of our culturally and linguistically diverse communities,” Mr Lenders said.

Clayton MP Hong Lim said the grants program included funding for youth, the elderly and women.

“This funding program creates opportunities which allow every local resident to participate in all aspects of community life,” Mr Lim said.

Groups to receive funds include the Afghan Australian Association of Victoria ($1500), Waverley Chinese Senior Citizens Club ($1800), Greek Elderly Citizens Group of Clayton and Districts Women’s Group ($500) and the Cantazaro Senior Citizens Club of Monash ($500).