Fostering Integration Grant to Support Business Entrepreneurship in Toowoomba’s Migrant Community
Monday, 11 March 2019
A program designed to help migrants integrate into business life in Toowoomba will get started with the help of the Coalition Government’s Fostering Integration Grants program.
Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said Canvas Coworking would receive $49,985 under the program to establish its Zero – Startup project in collaboration with the SpringUp group and Startup Toowoomba.
“Toowoomba has become a truly multicultural city, with migrants and refugees widely welcomed to our community,” Dr McVeigh said.
“Under the Zero – Startup program Canvas Coworking will support potential business owners and entrepreneurs by offering mentoring, networking and training to assist in developing business ideas in the Toowoomba region,” he said.
“This may include workshops on business related subjects such as social media, bookkeeping, employment laws and practices; as well as help in developing a business plan; and opportunities to participate in business networking events.
“Often people need a little help in the early stages of business, particularly if you are new to the region, so this tailor-made program will offer support and connections for people who have come to live in our community.”
Across the country, the Government is providing $9.3 million to organisations working at the grassroots level to assist migrants.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the funding organisations receive through the Fostering Integration Grants program will enhance the important work they do at the local level and ensure Australia continues to be the most successful migrant nation in the world.
Media contact: Clare Siddins 0427 200 674
Photo: L-R Wayne Clarke and Mary Juria from SpringUp, Joy Taylor from Canvas Coworking, Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh and David Masefield from Startup Toowoomba.