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Priority response to multicultural communities during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The CALD Communities Taskforce is working in partnership with organisations to develop locally delivered solutions to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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COVID-19: latest in-language advice, information and support

Help your community stay informed about COVID-19. Find in-language health advice and information on supports to share with your community, including how to access an interpreter.

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19 January 2021

Please subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when any future funding program opens.

If you would like any further information, please email: Multicultural.COVID.Taskforce@dpc.vic.gov.au.

Expressions of interest are now closed

9 November 2020

Thank you to all the organisations who expressed their interest in this program of funding.

We are now reviewing submissions received up to Sunday 8 November 2020 and will notify applicants of the outcome by early December 2020.

If you would like any further information, please email: Multicultural.COVID.Taskforce@dpc.vic.gov.au.

Funded organisations

As of Thursday 14 January 2021, the CALD Communities Taskforce has provided more than $5.2 million in funding to organisations supporting our multicultural communities with their immediate and critical needs.

Organisations funded by the CALD Communities Taskforce include:

  • Organisation Activity type Local Government Areas
    5B's Humanitarian Emergency food relief
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    Advocacy for Oromia Association in Victoria Australia Inc

    Health communications & outreach

    • Melbourne City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Moonee Valley City Council

    Africause

    Emergency food relief
    • Maribyrnong City Council

    AHEPA (Victoria) Inc

    Emergency food relief
    • Boroondara City Council
    • Moreland City Council
    • Melbourne City Council

    The Association of Hazaras in Victoria Inc.

    Digital engagement, health communications and outreach

    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Casey City Council
    • Melbourne City Council

    Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Inc

    Emergency food relief
    • Maribyrnong City Council

    Australia India Sports Council Incorporation

    Emergency food relief
    • Wyndham City Council
    • Monash City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Moreland City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Yarra City Council
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    Australian Multicultural Foundation Phone outreach and emergency food relief
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Darebin City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Moreland City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council

    Australian Sikh Support Inc.

    Emergency food relief
    • Hume City Council

    BK 2 Basics Melbourne Incorporated

    Emergency food relief
    • Casey City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Port Phillip City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    Centre for Migrant and Refugee Health

    Health communications, digital engagement, outreach
    • Metropolitan Melbourne

    Centre of Advancing Women Pty Ltd

    Food relief, mental health outreach
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Darebin City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Melton City Council
    • Moonee Valley City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    • Yarra City Council

    Drummond Street Services Inc

    Food relief
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Northern and Western Metropolitan Melbourne
    Eritrean Community in Australia  Emergency food relief 
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Melbourne City Council

    Far Western Nepalese Society of Victoria Inc

    Food relief
    • Monash City Council
    • Metropolitan Melbourne
    Hare Krishna Melbourne Emergency food relief 
    • Port Phillip City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    Indian Cultural Association of Victoria

    Emergency food relief 
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Moonee Valley City Council
    • Hobsons Bay City Council

    Inner Melbourne African Australian Partnership

    Emergency food relief, PPE and health communications
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Darebin City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Moonee Valley City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    JET Australia Foundation

    Food relief and outreach
    • Moreland City Council
    • Banyule City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Casey City Council
    • Darebin City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Melton City Council
    • Moonee Valley City Council
    • Moreland City Council
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council

    Jewish Care (Victoria) Inc

    Health communications and outreach
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Glen Eira City Council

    Kali Mata Mandir Craigieburn Inc

    Emergency food relief
    • Hume City Council
    • Banyule City Council
    • Darebin City Council
    • Moreland City Council
    • Moonee Valley City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Yarra City Council

    Life Centre Trust Inc 

    Emergency food relief
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Moonee Valley City Council

    Life Without Barriers

    Emergency food relief
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council
    Mental Health Foundation Emergency food relief  
    • Stonnington City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Cardinia Shire Council
    • Casey City Council
    • Frankston City Council
    • Greater Dandenong
    • City Council
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Melton City Council
    • Moonee Valley City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    Presbyterian and Scots’ Church Joint Mission Inc. 

    Emergency food relief 
    • Moonee Valley City Council
    • Melbourne City Council

    Oromo Refugee Service Association

    Emergency food relief, outreach and health communications
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    • Yarra City Council
    Sant Nirankari Mandal  Emergency food relief 
    • Knox City Council 
    • Casey City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council
    Somali Community Inc. Online engagement for seniors and youth
    • Moonee Valley City Council
    • Melbourne City Council
    Somali Women Development Association Inc. Outreach and community support
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Moonee Valley City Council
    Sri Guru Nanak Satsang Sabha (two different Gurudwara locations) Emergency food relief 
    • Whitehorse City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    Sudanese Mothers Coalition in Victoria Emergency food relief 
    • Melton City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    SUDD Foundation Ltd Emergency food relief and outreach
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    • Yarra City Council

    Turbans 4 Australia

    Emergency food relief
    • Hume City Council
    • Melbourne City Council
    Ubuntu project Emergency food relief, language specific health messaging
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Moonee Valley City Council

    Ventana Hispana (Spanish Window) Vic

    Emergency food relief
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Bayside City Council
    • Casey City Council
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Port Phillip City Council

    Victorian Immigrant & Refugee Women's Coalition Incorporated

    Outreach, community support and health information communications
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Kingston City Council
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Monash City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    Victorian Tamil Association Inc

    Emergency food relief
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Casey City Council
    • Greater Geelong City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council
    Vietnamese Community in Australia, Victoria Chapter (VCA Vic) Emergency food relief and outreach
    • Whittlesea City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    • Yarra City Council
    Water Well Project Online engagement
    • Stonnington City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Statewide
    • Wyndham City Council

    West Welcome Wagon

    Emergency food relief
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Hobsons Bay City Council
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Moonee Valley City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    Whittlesea Community Connections   Emergency food relief and phone outreach
    • Whittlesea City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    Whittlesea Malaylee Association Emergency food relief
    • Whittlesea City Council
    • Knox City Council
    Youth Activating Youth  

    Emergency food relief and outreach
    • Moreland City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Casey City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Melton City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    *This list includes organisations that operate across metropolitan Melbourne and cannot be defined to a specific region.

  • Organisation Activity type Local Government Areas

    Anakbayan Melbourne

    Emergency food relief
    • Melbourne City Council
    Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House Emergency food relief and volunteer program support
    • Yarra City Council

    The Big Umbrella 

    Emergency food relief
    • Melbourne City Council

    Christ Church Mission Inc

    Emergency food relief

    • Port Phillip City Council
    Gabriela Australia Emergency food relief
    • Melbourne City Council

    Hope Co-Op

    Emergency food relief

    • Melbourne City Council

    Multicultural Centre for Women's Health Inc

    Outreach and health education
    • Yarra City Council
    National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council Health messaging delivery via radio
    • Yarra City Council

    St Peter’s Eastern Hill Social Enterprise

    Emergency food relief
    • Melbourne City Council
    • Yarra City Council

    Viva a Vida Foundation

    Emergency food relief
    • Melbourne City Council

    Young People's Legal Rights Centre Inc (YouthLaw)

    Legal Support

    • Melbourne City Council

  • Organisation Activity type Local Government Areas
    African Australian Welfare Bureau Inc

    Emergency food relief, digital engagement and outreach

    • Whittlesea City Council
    • Casey City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    African Australian Women & Youth Community Service Incorporated

    Emergency food relief
    • Whittlesea City Council
    • Hume City Council

    Alevi Community Council of Australia

    Emergency food relief, outreach and health communications
    • Moreland City Council
    • Darebin City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Moonee Valley City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council

    Arabic Welfare Incorporated

    Outreach and health communications 

    • Moreland City Council

    Australian Chaldean Family Welfare Inc.

    Online engagement and health communications  

    • Whittlesea City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council

    Australian Integrated Fijian Association of Victoria Inc  

    Emergency food relief and outreach

    • Melton City Council
    • Brimbank City Council

    BANSIC FoodHub

    Emergency food relief 

    • Banyule City Council

    Banyule Community Health

    • Banyule City Council
    • Hume City Council

    Banyule Support and Information Centre Inc

    Emergency food relief
    • Banyule City Council

    Beth-Nahrain Assyria Association Inc

    Health communications
    • Hume City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council
    Bhutanese Organisation in Australia Emergency food relief and outreach
    • Hume City Council
    • Moreland City Council
    cohealth Ltd

    Emergency food relief, health communications and outreach

    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    • Hume City Council

    Debre Genet Saint Michael Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Melbourne Australia Inc

    Food relief, outreach
    • Melton City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Maribyrnong City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    Didi Bahini Samaj Victoria Phone outreach and community support 
    • Moreland City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council

    East African Women’s Foundation 

    Emergency food relief, health communications and outreach

    • Maribyrnong City Council
    Gawad Kalinga Emergency food relief
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Melton City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    Help-Himalayan Youth Foundations Inc

    Emergency food relief, outreach, health communications

    • Moreland City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council

    Hmong Australia Festival Inc. 

    Emergency food relief and health communications

    • Hume City Council
    • Mitchell Shire Council
    • Brimbank City Council

    Holy Eucharist Parish 

    Emergency food relief and digital engagement
    • Brimbank City Council

    Islamic Society of Victoria 

    Emergency food relief, health communications; and community outreach

    • Darebin City Council
    • Moreland City Council

    Jesus is the Cornerstone 

    Emergency food relief
    • Wyndham City Council
    Khalsa Shaouni Emergency food relief
    • Wyndham City Council
    • Melton City Council

    Pacific Island Creative Arts Australia Inc

    Emergency food relief and health communications
    • Melton City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    Patience Community Services Incorporated

    Emergency food relief and health education
    • Whittlesea City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Melton City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    Sikh Community Connections

    Emergency food relief
    • Whittlesea City Council
    Sikh Community of Western Victoria Emergency food relief
    • Wyndham City Council
    • Melton City Council
    Somali Australia Council of Victoria Language specific health messaging
    • Banyule City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Whittlesea City Council

    Somaus Help Inc

    Food relief
    • Darebin City Council
    • Banyule City Council
    Sri Guru Singh Sabha Emergency food relief
    • Hume City Council

    St George Chaldean Catholic Parish

    Emergency food relief, online support and health communications  

    • Hume City Council

    The Trustee for Mata Chintapurni Arts/Culture and Education Trust

    COVIDSafe operations
    • Darebin City Council

    The Youth Junction Inc

    Emergency food relief, information technology
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    United Sikhs Incorporated

    Food relief
    • Whittlesea City Council
    • Wyndham City Council

    Wyndham Park Community Centre Inc

    Emergency food relief
    • Wyndham City Council

    Yeti Soccer Club Inc

    Emergency food relief, outreach and health communications
    • Moreland City Council

  • Organisation Activity type Local Government Areas

    Afri-Aus Care 

    Emergency food relief, online classes
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Cardinia Shire Council
    • Casey City Council

    AfriAus iLEAC: Inspire Lead Educate Advocate for Change Incorporated

    Emergency food relief, online support and health communications

    • Casey City Council

    African Women's and Families Network

    Emergency food relief and online engagement
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Casey City Council
    Australia Saay Harari Association Inc. Emergency food relief, digital engagement
    • Casey City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Cardinia Shire Council

    Bakhtar Cultural & Publishing Association

    Emergency food relief
    • Casey City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council

    Cardinia Shire Council

    Health communications and outreach

    • Cardinia Shire Council

    Community Four Ltd

    Health communications

    • Maroondah City Council
    • Casey City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council

    Daughters of Jerusalem Youths and Family Support Agency

    Emergency food relief and PPE. 
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Casey City Council
    • Cardinia City Council
    • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

    Latin Stories Australia Incorporated

    Emergency food relief, outreach, health communications
    • Stonnington City Council

    Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne) Limited

    Emergency food relief and health communications
    • Whitehorse City Council
    • Boroondara City Council
    • Monash City Council
    • Manningham City Council
    • Knox City Council
    • Maroondah City Council
    • Yarra Ranges Shire Council

    Shamama Association of Australia Inc

    Health communications
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Cardinia Shire Council

    Shree Swaminarayan Temple - Melbourne Inc

    Emergency food relief
    • Knox City Council

    Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria

    Emergency food relief
    • Whitehorse City Council

    Sikh Volunteers Australia Incorporated

    Emergency food relief
    • Casey City Council
    • Frankston City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Monash City Council

    Siri Guru Nanak Darbar (Sikh Gurdwara, Officer)

    Emergency food relief, outreach, health communications

    • Cardinia Shire Council
    • Casey City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council

    South Eastern Melbourne Vietnamese Associations' Council Inc

    Health communications
    • Greater Dandenong City Council

    South Sudanese-Australian Academic Society

    Emergency food relief
    • Casey City Council
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Frankston City Council

    Taha Humanity Association of Victoria Ltd

    Emergency food relief, outreach and health communications
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Casey City Council

    Uniting (Victoria & Tasmania) Limited – KOMAK Program

    In-community engagement
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Casey City Council
    • Cardinia Shire Council

    Vantage Point Church Inc

    Emergency food relief and outreach
    • Manningham City Council
    • Brimbank City Council
    • Manningham City Council
    • Yarra Ranges City Council

    Wellsprings for Women Incorporated 

    Emergency food relief, PPE, health communications and mental health outreach
    • Greater Dandenong City Council
    • Cardinia Shire Council
    • Casey City Council

  • Organisation Activity type Local Government Areas

    Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council

    Health communications
    • Wodonga City Council

    Ballarat African Association Inc.

    Emergency food relief and health communications
    • Ballarat City Council

    Bendigo Community Health Services Ltd

    Health Communications and outreach

    • Greater Bendigo City Council
    Bendigo Foodshare Emergency food relief
    • Greater Bendigo City Council
    • Campaspe Shire Council
    • Hepburn Shire Council
    • Macedon Ranges Shire Council

    Centre for Multicultural Youth (Ballarat-Wimmera)

    Online engagement and health communications  

    • Ballarat City Council
    • Horsham Rural City Council
    • Hindmarsh City Council 

    Diversitat – Geelong Ethnic Communities Council Inc

    Health communications and outreach

    • Greater Geelong City Council
    Filipino Australian Association of Ballarat Emergency food relief and distribution of PPE
    • Ballarat City Council
    Geelong Nepalese Association Emergency food relief and online engagement
    • Greater Geelong City Council

    Greater Geelong Nepalese Community Incorporated

    Food relief and PPE
    • Greater Geelong City Council

    Latrobe Health Assembly Inc

    Community outreach engagement related to food relief
    • Latrobe City Council

    Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services Inc.

    Emergency food relief, outreach and health communications
    • Bendigo City Council

    Punya Foundation Inc.

    Emergency food relief
    • Wodonga City Council
    Sikh Community of Greater Geelong Emergency food relief
    • Greater Geelong City Council

    Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine Incorporated (Study Geelong)

    Community outreach (online) engagement
    • Greater Geelong City Council

    Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited

    Emergency food relief, online support and health communications

    • Greater Shepparton City Council
    • Wodonga City Council

  • Organisation Activity type

    Afghan-Australian Initiative Inc 

    Health communications and digital outreach

    African Family Services

    Community outreach engagement, mental health support, technology access

    AGAPI Care Inc

    Emergency food relief 

    Australian Burundian Community in Victoria Inc.

    Emergency food relief and online and digital engagement

    Australian Greek Welfare Society Limited (PRONIA)

    Emergency food relief
    Australian Filipino Community Services Emergency food relief and online engagement

    Australian Karen Organisation

    Food relief, digital outreach and engagement

    Australian Multicultural Community Services Inc (AMCS) 

    Emergency food relief. health communications;, digital engagement, and outreach

    Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights Inc 

    Emergency food relief, health communications, outreach and mental health support

    Centre for Multicultural Youth Phone outreach, social media campaign

    Ethiopian Women’s Alliance in Victoria

    Health communications, online outreach

    Faith Communities Council of Victoria

    Emergency food relief 

    Federation of Indian Associations Victoria Emergency food relief

    Fijian Community Association Victoria

    Food relief, translated health communications, testing support
    Hindu Council of Australia (VIC) Emergency food relief
    IndianCare  Emergency food relief
    Islamic Council of Victoria Emergency food relief

    Khalsa Foundation

    Emergency food relief

    Melbourne Kannada Sangha Inc

    Emergency food relief
    Non-Resident Nepali Association of Victoria Emergency food relief

    Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre Inc 

    Health communications linked with legal advice, testing promotion and outreach 

    Refugee Communities Association of Australia

    Emergency food relief, outreach, PPE, health communications

    Sewa International (Aust) Inc.

    Emergency food relief
    Sherpa Association of Victoria Australia Emergency food relief and outreach
    Somali Australia Friendship Association Health messaging, online engagement for youth
    South Asian Community Link Group Australia Emergency food relief

    Sri Krishna Brundavana Ltd 

    Emergency food relief

    The Trustee for the Brigidine Asylum Seekers and Refugee Trust

    Mental health outreach

    Tibetan Community of Australia Victoria Inc

    Health communications, PPE and emergency food relief  

    Tu Toa Hauora Incorporated

    Food relief

    TLC for Kids 

    Emergency food relief

    Victorian Afghan Students Association Inc

    Food relief

Reviewed 21 January 2021