SYDNEY, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The New South Wales state government committed 8 million Australian dollars (6.132 million U.S. dollars) on Thursday to improve social housing and community facilities for disadvantaged Australians.
The Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) works with local organizations to build and refurbish facilities in government-funded housing areas.
New South Wales Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward believes the one-off grants between 2,000-50,000 Australian dollars will promote better integration between social housing properties and the local community.
"This fund is about providing social housing tenants with improved community and open spaces that will reduce the isolation between social housing properties and the wider community and assist us in breaking the cycle of disadvantage," Goward said.
"The previous SHCIF rounds have already made a real difference in people's lives and I encourage all local organizations with a passion for strengthening the community to apply for the round three grants."
The latest boost is part of a larger 20-million-Australian-dollar plan promised by the government to improve social living standards.
The fund has already developed around 300 projects across New South Wales since 2015. (1 Australian dollar = 0.7665 U.S. dollar)