The Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary to receive $277,000 through the Inter-Action grants and contributions program
CALGARY, Nov. 17, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, today announced that the Department of Canadian Heritage will provide $277,000 in funding for the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary's "Youth PLACE (Platform for Learning Action and Civic Engagement)" project. The project is receiving funding through Inter-Action, the Government of Canada's multiculturalism grants and contributions program. Inter-Action provides funding to community engagement and development projects that promote intercultural understanding and equal opportunities for people of all cultures.
The Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary is a non-profit organization representing 65 culturally diverse groups. The Council provides a collective voice of ethno-cultural communities working toward full and equitable civic participation through collaboration. The Youth PLACE project engages racialized youth to inform, create, incubate and implement approaches to address the systemic and day-to-day barriers that they face.
Diversity and inclusion are central to who we are as Canadians. By receiving support through the Inter-Action program, projects such as this help create bonds between all Canadians by working to eliminate discrimination, racism and prejudice while also providing opportunities for youth community engagement and uniting people through art, culture or sport.
"I have had the privilege of meeting directly with the people and organizations that are helping promote inclusion and encourage diversity across our country. Thanks to programs like Inter-Action, our government is helping those groups continue to encourage and teach intercultural understanding through projects like Youth PLACE and build bridges between different communities in their cities."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism
Through the Projects component of the Inter-Action program, the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary will receive $277,000 over three years for the Youth PLACE project.
Since launching the first round of funding in March 2017, the Projects component of the Inter-Action program has received more than 250 project applications from organizations in communities across Canada.
The Program has two components, the Projects component and the Events component. The Projects component follows a call-for-applications process and focuses on long term, multi-year projects that are national in scope.
The Events component of Inter-Action accepts applications year-round and provides grants to support and promote community based events.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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