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Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program (CMQ), in alignment with the Multicultural Queensland Charter, promotes:

  • Queensland's multicultural identity
  • community participation and intercultural connections
  • increased understanding between diverse cultural groups and the wider community
  • increased engagement of general community groups in connecting and welcoming migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities.

Program objective

Engage migrants, refugees and the wider community in building a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland.

Funding rounds in 2018-19

In 2018-19, the CMQ program will deliver 2 funding rounds:

  • the multicultural events funding round was open 7 August 2018 until 14 September 2018 and is now closed for applications
  • the multicultural projects funding round will open later in 2018.

Multicultural events

Eligible applicants can apply for funding of up to $20,000 for multicultural events to be delivered in the following calendar year. Pending availability of funds, multi-year funding or sponsorship may be offered to selected events.

An event is considered as planning and delivery of:

  • a multicultural festival
  • a public or substantial gathering for the purpose of celebrating particular cultural traditions
  • cultural celebrations that involve people from a particular community or diverse cultural groups and the wider community.

Multicultural projects

Eligible applicants can apply for funding for multicultural projects to be delivered in the following financial year.

A project is considered as planning and delivery of:

  • community based activities (such as workshops, training, skills development, knowledge and awareness-raising, and social support activities) to address an identified issue, which are conducted over a period of time with key deliverables/milestones and specified anticipated outcomes
  • benefits at an individual level, such as increased community participation, economic independence, inclusion or access to opportunities within the local community.

Who can apply?

Not-for-profit/charitable and incorporated organisations, Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and P&C Associations are eligible to apply for funding and must:

  • have a registered and current Australian Business Number (ABN) that is not for a commercial entity or individual, or complete a Statement by Supplier form, or hold an exemption from registration
  • hold public liability insurance to the value of not less than $10 million, or provide evidence of plans to obtain insurance to the value of not less than $10 million to cover the proposed event
  • have no overdue reports, or service delivery or performance issues for funding previously or currently provided by Multicultural Affairs Queensland.

How to apply

  1. Read the relevant 2018–19 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program documents.
  2. Apply online through SmartyGrants

Help with applying

If you require additional information about the program or still have questions after reading the Funding Information Paper (guidelines), please email Multicultural Affairs Queensland on

If you need advice developing your grant application, or if you require information about other funding sources, contact the Community Funding Access Advisor at MDA Ltd on (07) 3198 2500 or email MDA Ltd is a non-government organisation and is independent of the grant assessment process.

For more information about applying online, read the SmartyGrants – Help Guide for Applicants. If you are having difficulties with your SmartyGrants user account or accessing your application once started, please contact SmartyGrants directly:

Successful applicants

All applicants successful in receiving funding will be required to:

  • enter into a funding contract or sponsorship agreement and comply with the requirements and conditions of the agreement
  • acknowledge the Queensland Government funding on all promotional material associated with the funded event or project
  • submit an online Acquittal Report or final report for sponsorships by the specified due date
  • immediately inform Multicultural Affairs Queensland via email to of any proposed changes to the funded event or project, e.g. change in activities, dates, and locations.

Events calendar

Funded events are automatically included in the events calendar. Please email us on with any updates to an event so they can be reflected in our online calendar.

You can also use our event registration form to seek approval for additional events on the calendar.

Previous successful applications

Previous funding guidelines

Guidelines from the previous funding rounds are listed below and are subject to change between each funding round:

More information

  • If you would like to receive future email communications about multicultural topics, including the opening of future funding rounds, complete the online registration form.
  • The Community Funding Access Program managed by MDA Ltd, a non-government organisation, provides more information about other funding options available.


If you have any questions please email Multicultural Affairs Queensland on 

How to access interpreting services

If you would feel more comfortable discussing the grants program in your own language, please call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) and ask for an interpreter who speaks your language.

Wherever possible, we will engage an interpreter and discuss the grants program with you.

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Last updated:
14 September 2018
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