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Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program funds initiatives that celebrate and promote Queensland’s multicultural identity, increase community awareness of benefits of multiculturalism, foster community cohesion, and support equal access to opportunities by people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

In 2017-18 total funding of $1 million will be allocated to diverse multicultural events and projects across Queensland through 2 separate grants rounds:

  • Multicultural Events - open from 18 July to 29 August 2017
  • Multicultural Projects - opening later in 2017.

Multicultural events grants

The 2017-18 funding round for multicultural events to be held in the 2018 calendar year is now open.

What are the objectives of multicultural events to be held in 2018?

Through planning and delivery of diverse cultural and multicultural events, community groups (including diverse cultural groups), local councils and non-government organisations will develop practical strategies to: 

  • enhance appreciation and recognition of diverse cultures in Queensland
  • promote community awareness about the benefits of multiculturalism
  • foster positive interaction and cohesion across diverse cultural groups and the wider community
  • facilitate increased understanding and intercultural connections between diverse cultural groups.

Who is eligible to apply?

Community groups, non-government organisations and local government councils that involve or support migrants and refugees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can apply for funding.

To be eligible to apply for funding, the applicant must:

  • be a not‑for‑profit or charitable organisation
  • be a legally constituted entity (e.g. incorporated Association, Company or Trust)
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN), or complete a Statement by Supplier form, or hold an exemption from registration
  • hold current 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, and are responsible for ensuring this insurance covers the full term of the event.

How do I apply for funding?

  1. Read the Funding Information Paper to determine whether your application meets the requirements for multicultural events
  2. Login or create a SmartyGrants account. Refer to the SmartyGrants—Help Guide for Applicants for information on registering and completing your application form
  3. Complete an online 2017-18 Multicultural events application form in full, and
  4. Submit the completed application by the closing date as indicated in SmartyGrants.

For more information or help applying online, read the SmartyGrants – Help Guide for Applicants. If you can’t find the answer to your question in the Help Guide, email Multicultural Affairs Queensland.

If you are having difficulties with your SmartyGrants user account or accessing your application, please contact SmartyGrants directly:

  • Phone (03) 9320 6888
  • Email

SmartyGrants support desk hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you do not have an internet connection or are unable to access the online application form, please email Multicultural Affairs Queensland to request a hard copy of the application form.

Is there anyone who can help me with my application?

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

When will I know if my application is successful or not?

Funding outcomes for multicultural events under the 2017–18 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program will be announced by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs before the end of December 2017. All applicants will be notified on the outcomes of their application.

All applicants successful in receiving funding will be required to:

  • enter into a funding agreement and comply with the requirements, and terms and conditions
  • complete an Electronic Funds Transfer form outlining financial institution details
  • complete an Agreement To Issue Recipient Created Tax Invoices form (if registered for GST), or provide an invoice (if not registered for GST)
  • acknowledge the Queensland Government funding in all promotional material for the funded event
  • submit an online Acquittal Report within 6 weeks after the completion of the funded event - the report template will be available and completed in SmartyGrants
  • immediately inform Multicultural Affairs Queensland of any proposed changes to the title, dates, locations and activities for the funded event.

Multicultural projects grants

The successful recipients have been announced under the 2016-17 funding round for multicultural projects, to commence in the 2017-18 financial year.

Funding of $300,000 has been allocated to 15 organisations to deliver a range of projects across Queensland. These projects aim to build community relationships to foster welcome, inclusion and participation of migrants and refugees in a range of activities.

Find out more about the 2016-17 grant recipients for multicultural projects to be delivered from 1 July 2017.

The next funding round for multicultural projects will open later in 2017 for projects to be delivered in 2018-19.

Events calendar

Funded events and particular project activities are automatically included in the events calendar. Please provide us with any updates to an event or project activities so they can be reflected in our online calendar.

More information


If you have any questions please email Multicultural Affairs Queensland.

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:
19 July 2017
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