Community organisations across the Myall Lakes are being encouraged to apply for the Community Partnership Action (COMPACT) grants program, which is designed to support grassroots organisations to build social cohesion and community resilience.
Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, says the youth-focussed engagement program aims to inspire and empower young people to stand united against hate, extremism, fear and division.
"Our community has demonstrated remarkable resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic," Mr Bromhead said.
"There are so many outstanding community organisations working at the grassroots engaging our young people at this difficult time.
"I'm encouraging all eligible local organisations to consider applying for this grants program. We are especially keen to see applications from regional NSW to support multicultural youth in the regions."
The program has been given a boost on previous years, with acting minister for multiculturalism, Geoff Lee, announcing $3 million over 12 months to expand it.
Mr Lee said the increased funding came at a crucial time, given the impacts of the bushfires and COVID-19 on young people.
"Community is central to our ability to overcome these shocks and young people are always at the heart of the solution," he said.
"Since it was established, COMPACT has reached a remarkable 40,000 young people through 24 projects involving an alliance of over 60 partner organisations.
"We are excited to see another round of innovative projects to support young people across our State to thrive and reach their best potential."
Successful projects in the past have included humanitarian and volunteering initiatives, training and awareness raising programs, art and digital storytelling projects, anti-racism initiatives, interfaith religious collaborations, and sport leadership programs.
The 2020-21 COMPACT grants program opened on Tuesday, July 7 and will close at 5pm on Wednesday, August 12.
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