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  • For cultural celebrations, festivals and events being held between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 Grant queries: 1300 366 356 Applications / Expressions of Interest can be submitted online at

    Multicultural Festivals and events PrograM 2016-17

    Embracing Diversity, Celebrating Communities


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    2 Multicultural Festivals and Events Program 2016-17

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    Message froM the Minister

    Message from the Minister

    The Victorian Government is committed to supporting communities by providing effective, accessible targeted grants programs that meet a range of cultural, social, economic and educational needs.

    The initiatives funded through the Multicultural Festivals and Events (MFE) Program 2016-17, will provide opportunities for all Victorians to participate in, and develop a deeper understanding of, the customs, traditions and celebrations of our diverse communities.

    Community harmony and resilience is greatly influenced by our ability to come together, learn from one another and develop partnerships based on shared values and joint activities.

    The MFE Program, aims to support community groups, organisations and schools to empower our multicultural communities – both new and established – to celebrate and preserve their traditions in meaningful ways, while showcasing the benefits of multiculturalism to the wider Victorian community.

    I encourage community organisations to apply for a grant and celebrate Victoria’s diversity.

    robin scott MP Minister for Multicultural Affairs Minister for Finance

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    1 _ About the Program 5

    2 _ What projects might be funded? 6

    3 _ What funding is available? 8

    4 _ How to apply 9

    5 _ Funding conditions 11


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    What is the Multicultural Festival’s and events Program? The Victorian Government is committed to promoting the social, cultural and economic benefits of cultural diversity to all Victorians. The Multicultural Festivals and Events (MFE) Program encourages participation of the whole Victorian community in festivals and events to celebrate and embrace our vibrant multicultural diversity. This initiative is administered by the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC).

    The program brings together the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s (VMC’s) former Multicultural Festivals and Events Grants and OMAC’s former Unity Through Partnerships program. The program design, assessment process and grant recommendations are determined collaboratively between OMAC and the VMC.

    The Program is divided into three funding streams:

    » Small Grants ($500 to $10,000 for small celebrations and events);

    » Large Grants (from $10,001 to $100,000 for large festivals and events); and

    » School Grants ($500 to $2,000 for Schools Cultural Diversity Week events held during or around Cultural Diversity Week).

    Multi-year funding up to four years will be considered for annual events that have been successfully delivered for the last five years or more.

    objectives The objectives of the MFE Program are to:

    » showcase the vibrancy of Victoria’s multiculturalism through regular celebrations and events that encourage participation of the whole community;

    » foster cross cultural awareness, understanding, community unity and intercultural relationships;

    » ensure that Victoria’s multicultural communities can celebrate and preserve traditions in meaningful ways; and

    » build the capacity and experience of smaller or newer community groups to deliver events through the development of genuine partnerships between community organisations.

    Who is eligible to apply? For projects funded under the Small Grants and Large Grant streams organisations must:

    » be a not-for-profit entity or a Local Government Authority (LGA) who partners with a not-for-profit entity (LGAs cannot apply independently);

    » if a not-for-profit entity, be registered under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic), and

    » have a current Australian Business Number (ABN). If your organisation does not meet the above criteria you must nominate an eligible auspice to apply for a grant. Auspice organisations must meet the above criteria, and can include local councils.

    Applicants who have overdue accountability reports for previous grants funded through the VMC and OMAC are not eligible to receive funding. To check if you are up to date with accountability reports, please email

    Primary and Secondary Schools are eligible to apply under the School Grants stream only.

    Please note: An application for a festival or event can be submitted under one funding stream only: schools, small or large. Please fill out an application form for each individual festival or event.

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    Funding categories

    small celebrations and events Small multicultural community not for profit organisations and groups across Victoria regularly come together to celebrate cultural days of significance. Activities are held in a local community setting and involve smaller group participation or celebration. Events that encourage inclusive participation of the broader community are strongly encouraged.

    large Festivals and events Major Festivals and Events foster strong cross-cultural and interfaith connections and maintain ongoing relationships. A number of community groups and organisations work together in partnership to deliver a major festival, event or gathering which is promoted to the whole community and reaches a wide audience across a sub-regional or regional catchment area.

    school cultural diversity events Schools can only apply for funding under the School Cultural Diversity Events stream for events held during or around Cultural Diversity Week (Details for Cultural Diversity Week 2017 will be available at Activities that will be supported build intercultural understanding and/or embed global and multicultural citizenship perspectives for students. Activities that engage and build partnerships between schools and multicultural communities will be prioritised.

    Schools that are awarded a grant for their Cultural Diversity Week event are required to register their events at as a condition of their funding.

    types of activities The types of activities that will be considered under the program across the three funding streams are:

    » multicultural festivals or events with one or more cultural groups;

    » multicultural performances and cultural exhibitions; » cultural days of significance celebrations; » events that promote cultural dialogue and

    understanding; and

    » conferences and forums focused on culture and multiculturalism.

    Festivals and events that engage priority groups such as new and emerging communities, women, young people and regional communities are strongly encouraged.

    A list of examples of celebrations, festivals and events that have previously been funded is available a