AACASS GRANT PROGRAM
Afghan-Australian Community and Settlement Support grant program supports Afghan-Australian and other community and grassroot organisations undertaking critical work to welcome and support people recently evacuated from Afghanistan.
Supporting Afghan‒Australian Community
Through an open competitive process, the program provides grants to organisations to facilitate positive settlement outcomes for the newly arrived Afghan people.
The program is intended to support the organisations working alongside the services delivering the Humanitarian Settlement Program.
The grant program is administered by Migration Council Australia and is called Afghan-Australian Community and Settlement Support.
On 14 October 2021, The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs announced new funding of $27.1 million for a tailored Afghan settlement support package, to help recent evacuees from Afghanistan settle successfully into their new lives in Australia.
The package includes $8.0 million over two years to further strengthen the capacity of Afghan-Australian organisations and other community and grassroot organisations to continue to play a critical role in supporting the evacuees to begin their new lives in Australia.
As part of this commitment, $7.0 million over two years is provided as direct funding through an open competitive grant program and $1.0 million will be assigned to capacity building for organisations receiving the funding, as well as program administration.