The Victorian government is encouraging Victorian community organisations to apply for funding under a new $200,000 grants program to help prevent or reduce gambling harm in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
Grants of up to $20,000 are available to grassroots CALD organisations for projects that offer assistance in combating problem gambling in these communities. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz announced the funding at a joint Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation–Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health forum on Tuesday 24 October 2017 in Melbourne. The event brought together established CALD community organisations to share their experiences and strategies for managing gambling harm.
The announcement came as part of the Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (23-29 October), which is a partnership between the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, industry, community groups and local councils that aims to reduce gambling harm. The campaign is promoting education to help gamblers set money and time limits and sticking to them, keep track of spending, take regular break and when catching up with friends, making sure it’s not always about gambling.